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American Library Association (ALA)

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Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the American Library Association was created to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

ALA is home to eleven membership divisions, each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization.   ALA divisions publish journals, books, newsletters, and other materials; provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats; offer awards and scholarships; sponsor institutes and conferences; and maintain networks of affiliates, chapters, and other collaborative relationships. ALA has incorporated specialized sections and divisions from its early existence, beginning with the college and reference librarians (1889), the trustees (1890) and catalogers (1900).

The American Library Association is your number one choice for the latest must-have books and periodicals for library and information professionals. Here is a fraction of the list of subject areas in which ALA publishes:

  • Academic Libraries
  • Acquisitions
  • Administration & Management
  • Automation
  • Banned books
  • Book Lists
  • Bookmobiles
  • Buildings & Space Planning
  • Cataloging & Classification
  • Censorship
  • Children’s Library Services
  • Circulation
  • Collection Development
  • Donations
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Guidelines & Standards
  • Handling Challenges to Library Materials
  • Information Technology & Library Systems
  • ISBN and ISSN systems
  • Library Science Education
  • Safety & Security in Libraries

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