American Library Association


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American Library Association,

founded 1876, organization whose purpose is to increase the usefulness of books through the improvement and extension of library services. As the major professional association for librarians and libraries, it seeks to maintain high standards for all branches of library service through functions ranging from the accreditation of library training schools to the recognition of outstanding books. The association was involved in early attempts to expand library services to all people. It supported public access to library shelves, tax-supported libraries, books made available for home loan, and research libraries sponsored by the government and major educational institutions. It fosters joint programs with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. It has a long-standing policy of opposition to censorship, the banning of books, and violations of the user's right to confidentiality in the selection of reading materials. The organization, based in Chicago, had 58,777 members in 1999.
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The American Library Association elections take place exclusively online.
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The event is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores.
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National Library Week is a nationwide observance sponsored by the American Library Association.
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The first gay professional organization was the Task Force on Gay Liberation of the American Library Association, formed in 1970 with relative ease.
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The American Library Association and the American Association of School Administrators have worked together for many years to address issues surrounding public school censorship and academic freedom.

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