ALA organizes "Library-21" a futuristic exhibit, at the Seattle World's Fair

ALA organizes "Library-21" a futuristic exhibit, at the Seattle World's Fair.

"The Library 21 exhibit, designed primarily to envision the role of technology in libraries of the future, featured a state-of the-art Sperry-Rand UNIVAC Solid State 90 computer programmed to print out a portion of electronically stored text entered from a printed reference book. A photo of the computer at the Library 21 exhibit is available at The University of Washington Library.The exhibit also featured more traditional library services like “Children's World,” which housed 2,000 books from all over the world, and the “Ready Reference Center,” with more than 700 reference titles and a Xerox 914 copier. The UNIVAC computer, however, was the star of the exhibition." Read more and see images from At Your Library

The University of Washington Library has digitized a schedule of events at the Library 21 exhibit.

"The Century 21 Exposition - also known as the Seattle World's Fair - was held between April 21 and October 21, 1962 drew almost 10 million visitors....decided on a theme for the Fair centered on modern science, space exploration, and the progressive future, wrapped in the broad concept of a 'Century 21 Exposition." Read more from the Seattle Municiple Archives.

The Seattle Public Library holds a copy of the ALA Bulletin containing details of the exhibit.

History Link provides several images of the Seattle World's Fair

The ALA Archives at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign holds material related to the ALA exhibit. See their holdings.