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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CONTACT: Jay Grossman of Bell Atlantic, 215-963-6521, or Margaret Monsour of the American Library Association, 512-270-2901 (today), or 312-280-4296 (after Jan.
American Libraries is the magazine of the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association announced the winners of its 2002 BCALA Awards for Excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction, first novelist and outstanding contribution to publishing.
In their report of the incident to the American Library Association, Smith and Detchon (1952) congratulated CLA for its role in the successful outcome, noting the importance of "the Committee on Intellectual Freedom, to whose chairman all developments in the case were sent, enabling her to present a resolution to the [league's] convention on short notice" (p.
It is more important than ever that the American Library Association reach out to the public to promote the essential role of libraries in our society," said ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano.
Interests Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA/SSIRT)
Josey, professor emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences, the first black male president of the ALA, founder of the Black Caucus of the 30-year-old American Library Association and an icon in library circles, is a one-man recruitment dynamo at the University of Pittsburgh.
within the American Library Association and some state associations, where many
The award is a collaborative program of Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association.
Summary: The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) has announced that it has partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) -- a non-profit organization that promotes libraries and library education internationally, and the oldest and largest library association in the world -- in an attempt to improve and expand literacy across the UAE.
Kniffel is a publishing executive for the American Library Association in Chicago.

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