Conference Papers, 1893, 1938-1942
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Brief Description: Typescripts of papers read at the ALA annual meetings, including committee reports, panel discussions, and award acceptance speeches about archives, library education, uses of microfilm in reference work, the WPA, the Historical Records Survey, union, catalogs, library extension, bibliotherapy, divided catalogs, rural libraries, library buildings, theater libraries, hospital and prison libraries, library service to the blind, music libraries, photographic charging systems and libraries and the war. A guide to the papers is in the Proceedings issues of the ALA Bulletin.
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Record Series Number: 64/1/12
Created by: Conference Program Committee
Volume: 1.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 4/26/1974
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Arrangement: Chronological, and alphabetical by author thereunder
Biographical Note for Conference Program Committee :

The librarians who called the first meeting of the ALA in 1876 appointed a Committee which was intrusted with "arrangements for the Conference of Librarians" including the provision of papers, discussions, plans for a permanent organization, and other business (1). In 1901 a special Program Committee was appointed (2), and by 1908 the Program Committee was a standing committee of the Council (3). The function of the committee was the selection of topics and venue for the annual conference (4). In 1956 the name was changed to the Conference Program Committee and the membership expanded. The membership of the Conference Program Committee consisted of the ALA President, First Vice President, Executive Secretary, the presidents of ALA divisions, and such other members as the committee desired (5). In 1967 three members-at-large were added and in 1976 the First Vice President was dropped (6). The name of the committee was changed to the Conference Program Planning Committee in 1972 (7).

The present function of the committee is:

"To plan programs for the general sessions of the annual conferences; to insure, insofar as practicable, that the content of all program meetings of divisions, sections round tables and committees, together with the general sessions, present an integrated conference program with a minimum duplication" (8).


1-Annual Meeting

Subject Index
Agricultural Libraries Section
Caldecott Award
Historical Records Survey
Newbery Award
Section for Library Work With Children
Works Projects Administration (WPA)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]