Minutes, 1925-1949
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Brief Description:

Minutes of the Library Extension Committee (1925-30) and Board (1931-40) contains material on cooperation with the Commission for Adult Education, Carnegie Corporation grants, book funds, budgets, regional field work -- especially in the South, library services in the depression, state surveys of library services, Rosenwald Fund, state library agencies and associations, publications, publicity, reports.

Clarence B. Lester served as chairman of the Committee and Board from 1925 to 1936. He was succeeded by Louis R. Wilson (1936- 40), Carleton B. Joeckel (1940-41) and Loleta D. Fyan (1934-44). Julia W. Merrill was secretary of the board.

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: 29/5/1
Created by: Public Library Association (PLA), Library Extension Board
Volume: 0.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/17/1974. 3/26/1977
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/alasfa/2905001a.pdf
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by date
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
Adult Education Board
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Commission for Adult Education
Fyan, Loleta D.
Joeckel, Carleton B.
Lester, Clarence B.
Library Extension, Committee On
Library Extension Board
Merrill, Julia W.
Rosenwald Fund
South (U.S. Region)
State Libraries
Wilson, Louis R.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]