American Library Association
an organization founded in 1876
for libraries, librarians, library trustees, and
other people interested in libraries
The ALA works closely with
organizations in the fields of education,
recreation, and public service to improve the
quality and effectiveness of libraries, to make
libraries accessible to all people, to improve
professional standards of libraries and
librarians, and to promote the distribution of
books and other library materials without
The ALA urged passage of the
Library Services Act of 1956, which was designed
to aid the development of public libraries in
rural areas. In 1964, the act was amended and
became known as the Library Services and
Construction Act. This and later amendments
authorized aid to both urban and rural libraries.
After a new copyright law was enacted in 1976,
the association helped librarians and library
users understand the law's provisions.
The ALA's official bulletin, American
Libraries, is published 11 times a year.
Other periodicals include Booklist, Choice,
College and Research Libraries, Library
Resources and Technical Serices, and School
The ALA presents several awards
and citations for outstanding achievements in
librarianship and related fields. Its Children's
Services Division awards the Caldecott and Newbery medals for children's books.
The American Library
Association is headquartered in Chicago. Its
website is www.ala.org.
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