Happy 131st birthday, ALA!

On October 6, 2007, the American Library Association turned 131-years-old (and doesn’t look a day over 60)!

ALA was founded on October 6, 1876, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Thomas W. Bicknell, C. A. Cutter, Melvil Dewey (or do you say “Melvil Dui”), Samuel S. Green, Fred B. Perkins, James L. Whitney, and Justin Winsor (see the Charter of 1879).

As noted in the “American Library Association” entry by Grace T. Stevenson in the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Volume 1, page 267; 1968), a resolution was adopted on October 6, 1876, that read:

For the purpose of promoting the library interests of the country, and increasing reciprocity of intelligence and good will among librarians and all interested in library economy and bibliographical studies, the undersigned formed themselves into a body to be known as the “American Library Association.”

Read more about ALA at the ALA FAQ page. See the detailed ALA History prepared by ALA Librarian Karen Muller for the ALA Professional Tips Wiki.

What would you give ALA as a present, if you could? Feel free to be creative!

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