Special Projects File, 1959-1970, 1995-1998
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Brief Description: Special Projects File for work undertaken or considered by the Adult Services Division, relating to Reading for an Age of Change, a project funded by the Carnegie Corporation and undertaken cooperatively with Public Affairs Pamphlets. Material on the Special Projects Committee and Reading Guides includes minutes of author selection and advisory committee meetings, correspondence, evaluations of manuscripts and correspondence with authors whose manuscripts were not published. Also includes applications, brochures, correspondence, photographs, and reports relating to the MCI LibraryLink Project (1995-1998) concerning the advancement of technology to enhance the link between public libraries, the communities they serve, and the resources of the information infrastructure.
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at] library.illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 30/2/6
Created by: Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Volume: 7.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 4/28/75; 10/92; 11/98
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/alasfa/3002006A.pdf
Arrangement: Alphabetical, then chronological thereunder.
Biographical Note for Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) :

In 1926, the Council established the Board of Library and Adult Education to promote interest and activities in the area of library service to adult education, to act as advisor and as an information center, and to implement and assist in library related projects of adult education (1). To accomplish these goals the Board sponsored roundtables and workshops and published reports, findings, and the quarterly magazine, Adult Education and the Library, which was incorporated into the ALA Bulletin in 1930. As the Board grew in scope, it became the Adult Education Board in 1937, the Adult Education Section of the Division of Public Libraries in 1946 (2) and the Adult Services Division in 1959 (3). In 1972, Adult Services Division joined with the Reference Division to form the Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD), establishing the new goals of "stimulating and supporting full access to library services which are user oriented. The Division seeks actively to foster the fullest use of all media in meeting the educational, research, information, recreational, and social interests and needs of users of all types of libraries in every subject field" (4).

RASD maintains standing committees and sections reflecting the scope of adult services including the Interlibrary Loan Committee, Adult Library Materials Committee, Committee to Advise Publishers of Reference Books and Indexes, Catalog Use Committee, and Machine Assisted Reference Services (MARS). RQ, RASD's quarterly journal, began in 1960 and the Division also authors annual book lists such as Notable Books and Outstanding Reference Books. The Division annually awards four different medals and citations to foster excellence in reference publication and librarianship.

Subject Index
Adult Services Division
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Information Technology
Reading for An Age of Change
Special Projects Committee
Wilson Indexes
Languages of Materials
English [eng]