Services from Your Public Library Scrapbooks, ca. 1948-1951
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Brief Description: Scrapbooks of Services from Your Public Library, designed to show the diversity of public library services, contains pamphlets and single-page leaflets and photographs on services to children, adults and the elderly, bookmobile service, hospital library service, service to the blind, availability of audiovisual materials, reading materials for leisure or hobbies, branch libraries, bibliographies prepared by public libraries and library friends, includes pamphlets and photographs from public libraries in Akron, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Gary, Grand Rapids, Long Beach, Louisville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Rochelle, New York, Racine, St. Paul, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
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]
Record Series Number: 29/4/18
Created by: Public Library Association (PLA)
Volume: 0.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/17/1974.
Arrangement: Arranged by service types
Biographical Note for Public Library Association (PLA) :

The Public Library Association is interested in the general improvement and expansion of public library services to all ages in various types of communities. PLA has specific responsibility for:

1. Planning of programs of study and service for the public library as a total institution.

2. Establishment, evaluation, and promotion of standards in the public library field.

3. Review of and bringing together the activities of all unites within the ALA that have a bearing on public library service.

4. Representation and interpretation of public libraries in contacts outside the profession.

5. Stimulation of the development of public librarians and trustees, and stimulation of participation by PLD members in appropriate type-of-activity divisions.

6. Conduct of activities and projects for improvement and expansion of service in this type of library, when such projects are beyond the scope of type-of-activity divisions, after specific approval by the ALA Council.

The Public Library Division was formed by the merger, in August 1950, of the Division of Public Libraries, the Library Extension Division, and the Trustees Division. Bylaws were adopted June 1951 (1).

The Division of Public Libraries was approved by vote of Council in March and October, 1944, following organization meetings, filing of petitions by nearly 1200 members, and preparation of a tentative draft of a constitution and bylaws.

The purpose of the division was to advance public library interests and to cooperate in the promotion of library services in general. The name of the division was changed to the Public Library Association (PLA) in 1958 (2).

Subject Index
Akron Public Libraries (Ohio)
Brooklyn Public Libraries (New York)
Chicago Public Libraries (Illinois)
Cleveland Public Library (Ohio)
Detroit Public Libraries (Michigan)
District of Columbia-Public Libraries
Gary Public Libraries (Indiana)
Grand Rapids Public Libraries (Michigan)
Long Beach Public Libraries (California)
Los Angeles Public Libraries (California)
Louisville Public Libraries (Kentucky)
Minnesota-Minneapolis Public Libraries
Minnesota-St. Paul Public Libraries
New Rochelle Public Libraries (New York)
New York Public Library
Racine Public Libraries (Wisconsin)
Seattle Public Libraries (Washington)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]