Minutes, Letters, and Reports, 1936-1945, 1954, 1961
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Brief Description: Minutes, letters, and reports of the Governmental Affairs Committee, contains copies of committee minutes, circular letters and reports kept by secretary Julia W. Merrill, includes federal aid to libraries, rural library service, the Library Service Division of the U.S. Office of Education, national defense and the impact of World War II on library programs and services, and the reports prepared for the committee: Federal Services to Libraries (1954) and The Sixties and After (1961).
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The American Library Association Archives
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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: 27/31/1
Created by: Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), Governmental Affairs Committee
Volume: 0.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/17/1974.
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by date
Biographical Note for Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) :

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) is interested in the general improvement and development of all aspects of library administration, at all levels of administration in libraries, and for all types and sizes of libraries. LAMA is responsible for library administration in general, personnel administration, in-service training and recruiting, financial administration, building and equipment, public relations, library organization, as well as governmental relations and relations with library governing bodies. The name of the division was changed to Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).

The Library Administration Division (LAD) became a division of ALA on January 1, 1957 at which time nine ALA groups were transferred to it: Board of Personnel Administration, Building Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Equipment Committee, Friends of the Library Committee, Insurance for Libraries Committee, Library Legislation Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Statistics Committee (1).

The Library Administration Division provides an organizational framework for encouraging the study of administrative theory, for improving the practice of administration in libraries, and for identifying and fostering administrative skill. Toward these ends LAD is responsible for all elements of general administration which are common to more than one type of library. These may include organizational structure, financial administration, personnel management and training, buildings and equipment, public relations, and relations with library governing bodies. LAD meets this responsibility in the following ways:

1. Study and review of activities assigned to the division with due regard for changing developments in these activities.

2. Initiating and overseeing activities and projects appropriate to the division, including activities involving bibliography, compilation, publication, study, and review of professional literature within the scope of the division.

3. Synthesis of those activities of other ALA units which have a bearing in contacts outside the library profession.

4. Representation and interpretation of library administrative activities in contacts outside the library profession.

5. Aiding the professional development of librarians engaged in administration and encouragement of their participation in appropriate type-of-library divisions.

6. Planning and development of those programs of study and research in library administrative problems which are most needed by the profession (2).

Division was dissolved on September 1, 2020, and merged into a new division, Core.

Subject Index
Federal Aid for Libraries
Federal Relations Committee
Merrill, Julia W.
National Defense
U.S. Office of Education
World War II
Languages of Materials
English [eng]