Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This Day in History: World's Largest Library Organization Founded

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library organization in the world. Yesterday, October 6, marks the anniversary of ALA's founding in 1876. This professional association represents librarians, library technicians, institutions and other interested parties, and provides a means for library workers to network, share ideas and develop the future of our field. ALA also holds annual conferences, which promote reading, community service and freedom of information. Oh, and we have some fun, too -- check out the book cart drill team competition!

ALA advocates for library-related issues, including these Key Action Areas: diversity, equity of access, education and continuous learning, intellectual freedom, and 21st century literacy. For more information, visit

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"Library." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. 22 Sept. 2009 <>

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