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ALA 140th anniversary

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A visual history of the American Library Association in its 140th year (2016).

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March The first Negro Library Conference is held at the Hampton Institute Library School in Virginia. Black Like Me, My Black Is Beautiful, Librarian Humor, Hampton University, American Library Association, American Photo, African Diaspora, Beautiful Stories, Historical Pictures

1927, March 15-18: The first Negro Library Conference is held at the Hampton Institute Library School in Virginia.

In 1927 the Committee on Library Extension of the American Library Association published a small brochure (see above) that described t. American Library Association, 50 Million, Library Services, Bibliophile, Libraries, Opportunity, Goal, Public, Anniversary

Equalizing Library Opportunities 1927

In 1927 the Committee on Library Extension of the American Library Association published a small brochure (see above) that described the inequality of access to public library service in the nation and advanced the goal of "Adequate public library service within easy reach of every one". It then offered some strategies for achieving that goal. A chart in the brochure (at left) showed that more than 50 million Americans were without library service, mostly in rural areas. Elsewhere in the…

summer: The New York Public Library starts a campaign to increase its funding in the city budget and uses this poster. American Library Association, New York Public Library, Check It Out, Libraries, Wake Up, Campaign, Anniversary, Budget, History

1925, summer: The New York Public Library starts a campaign to increase its funding in the city budget and uses this poster.

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Melvil Dewey and the Two Lake Placids

Melvil Dewey - yes, the very same Dewey of the Dewey Decimal Classification System - is responsible for a great chunk of Lake Placid's storied history. Dewey was chief librarian at Columbia University from 1883-1888, and from 1888 to 1906 he served as...

Read to Win the War: 13 Vintage Posters Promoting American Libraries promotion Library Posters, Reading Posters, Retro Poster, Vintage Posters, Promotion, American Library Association, Reading Library, Reading Nooks, Vintage Library

Public Libraries: An American Contribution to Civilization :: American Library Association Archives Posters

1926: ALA celebrates its 50th anniversary with this poster: Public Libraries, an American Contribution to Civilization.

Step Eventually the box with the requested book makes its way to the sixth level of the Bookstacks and across the first mezzanine floor to a point directly under the Main Reading Room of the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library, Library Books, Conveyor System, Mezzanine Floor, American Library Association, Find A Book, Central Library, Reading Room, Shelves

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The Free Library of Philadelphia's 75th Anniversary Digital Exhibit, includes over 225 images and text.

1926, July 15: The Los Angeles Central Library, originally designed by Bertram Goodhue and completed by his associate Carleton Winslow, is dedicated. Built in ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean revival style, the central tower is topped with a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on either side and a hand holding a torch representing the "Light of Learning" at the apex. Other elements include sphinxes, snakes, and celestial mosaics. Main Library, Central Library, Art And Architecture, Architecture Details, New York Office, Pedestrian Bridge, Construction, Source Of Inspiration, Facade

1926, July 15: The Los Angeles Central Library, originally designed by Bertram Goodhue and completed by his associate Carleton Winslow, is dedicated. Built in ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean revival style, the central tower is topped with a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on either side and a hand holding a torch representing the "Light of Learning" at the apex. Other elements include sphinxes, snakes, and celestial mosaics.

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Anniversary Digital Exhibit, includes over 225 images and text. Central Building, American Library Association, Free Library, Librarians, City Council, Philadelphia, Cameras, Lawn, Pepper

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The Free Library of Philadelphia's 75th Anniversary Digital Exhibit, includes over 225 images and text.

1926: As a gesture of appreciation for sending St. Louis Public Library Director Arthur E. Bostwick on a consulting trip, the Library Association of China and its secretary Yuan Tung-li (1895-1965) send to ALA headquarters a 1000-year-old earthenware statuette of an oxcart used to transport manuscripts. Unfortunately, the statuette has been misplaced in recent years. American Library Association, 1000 Years, Year 2016, Earthenware, Secretary, St Louis, Appreciation, Public, Anniversary

1926: As a gesture of appreciation for sending St. Louis Public Library Director Arthur E. Bostwick on a consulting trip, the Library Association of China and its secretary Yuan Tung-li (1895-1965) send to ALA headquarters a 1000-year-old earthenware statuette of an oxcart used to transport manuscripts. Unfortunately, the statuette has been misplaced in recent years.

1926, May 31-Nov. 30: 3,600 square feet of floor space is assigned to ALA, free of charge (a rental value of $18,000), at the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia. ALA considers it an unusual opportunity to present library work to the general public. The exhibit contains a model children's room, a bookmobile, and ALA's original record book from its 1876 conference. The ALA exhibit wins a Grand Prize from the Exposition jury. Library Work, Library Ideas, American Library Association, Recorded Books, Year 2016, Floor Space, Art Music, Exhibit, Square Feet

1926, May 31-Nov. 30: 3,600 square feet of floor space is assigned to ALA, free of charge (a rental value of $18,000), at the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia. ALA considers it an unusual opportunity to present library work to the general public. The exhibit contains a model children's room, a bookmobile, and ALA's original record book from its 1876 conference. The ALA exhibit wins a Grand Prize from the Exposition jury.

1926: The ALA Commission on the Library and Adult Education publishes its report on the status of lifelong education in US libraries, funded with the help of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and finds "outstanding deficiency in all forms of adult educational work." Afterwards, ALA establishes a standing Board on Library and Adult Education. American Library Association, Libraries, The Help, Anniversary, York, How To Plan, Education, Library Room, Bookcases

1926: The ALA Commission on the Library and Adult Education publishes its report on the status of lifelong education in US libraries, funded with the help of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and finds "outstanding deficiency in all forms of adult educational work." Afterwards, ALA establishes a standing Board on Library and Adult Education.

July: ALA Executive Secretary Carl Milam's annual report takes the form of a description of what a visitor to ALA Headquarters might see. American Library Association, A 17, Secretary, Anniversary, Reading

1927, July: ALA Executive Secretary Carl Milam's annual report takes the form of a 17-page description of what a visitor to ALA Headquarters might see.

Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, site of ALA's anniversary sessions The leaders of the American Library Association recognized the s. American Library Association, Baccalaureate, Dream Career, Certificate Programs, Year 2016, Atlantic City, University, College, 50th Anniversary

ALA's Jubilee, 1926

Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, site of ALA's 50th anniversary sessions The leaders of the American Library Association recognized the significance of its fiftieth anniversary in 1926 and celebrated accordingly. The primary site for ALA's annual conference, October 4-9, 1926 was Atlantic City, New Jersey, but arrangements were also made to have commemorative sessions in Philadelphia on October 6, the date that ALA was founded in 1876. The attendance in Atlantic City was 2,224, the largest…

1926, March: Frederick Paul Keppel (1875-1943), president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, informs ALA that it plans to grant it $4 million over the next 10 years. The funds will be used to endow a graduate library school (at the University of Chicago), aid other library schools, begin a general ALA endowment fund, and carry on ALA's general activities. American Library Association, Year 2016, 10 Years, Schools, Presidents, Chicago, University, March, Anniversary

1926, March: Frederick Paul Keppel (1875-1943), president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, informs ALA that it plans to grant it $4 million over the next 10 years. The funds will be used to endow a graduate library school (at the University of Chicago), aid other library schools, begin a general ALA endowment fund, and carry on ALA's general activities.

1926: For its 50th anniversary, ALA encourages every library in the US to set up an exhibit to let the public know about the interesting things that libraries do. This library exhibit is at a farmers' meeting in New Jersey. The ALA Bulletin notes: "Probably everyone who passed these exhibits stopped at least to read the captions." American Library Association, 50th Anniversary, New Jersey, Exhibit, Libraries, Farmers, Captions, This Is Us, At Least

1926: For its 50th anniversary, ALA encourages every library in the US to set up an exhibit to let the public know about the interesting things that libraries do. This library exhibit is at a farmers' meeting in New Jersey. The ALA Bulletin notes: "Probably everyone who passed these exhibits stopped at least to read the captions."

May The ALA exhibit at the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia is dominated by a huge map of the Sacramento County library system. American Library Association, County Library, Year 2016, Sacramento, Exhibit, Philadelphia, Anniversary, Map, History

1926, May 31-Nov. 30: The ALA exhibit at the Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia is dominated by a huge map of the Sacramento County library system.