ASCLA Reports and Monographs, 1971-
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Brief Description:

Publications of ASCLA concerning institutional libraries, bibliotherapy, multitype library cooperation, legal matters related to library cooperation, and service and standards for correctional and health care institutions, includes "The State Library Agencies: A Survey Project Report (1975-91)," "The Report on Library Cooperation/Interlibrary Cooperation (1976-89)," "Proceedings of ASCLA Multi-LINCS Preconferences (1990-91)," "Equal Access: A Manual of Procedures for Initiating a Public Library Home Services Program (1979)," The World of Work: The Handicapped Person's Guide to Finding a Job - A Bibliography (1984)," "School Library Media Centers in Cooperative Automation Projects (1991)," "The Legacy and Leadership of the Deaf Community: A Resource Guide for Librarians and Library Programs (1991)," and "Roads to Learning: The Public Libraries' Learning Disabilities Initiative (1996-2001)."

Note: Former record series 23/3/3 was merged with record series 23/3/12.

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Record Series Number: 23/3/12
Created by: Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA)
Volume: 2.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 9/18/00, 5/02, 12/26/01, 12/11/2019, 12/15/2020
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Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically by publication date thereunder
Biographical Note for Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) :

In 1958 the National Association of State Libraries, founded in 1889, disbanded (1). Its membership merged with that of the American Association of State Libraries (AASL), a division of ALA since January 1, 1957 (2). The State Library Agencies Division (SLAD) was founded on January 1, 1957 (3) and in 1958 SLAD merged with the AASL (4) to become the State Library Agency Division (5)  In 1977-78 AASL changed its title to the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) (6). Title was changed to Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA). Division was dissolved September 1, 2020.

ASCLA is responsible for functions pertaining to library services performed by state library agencies, specialized library agencies, and mutitype library cooperatives. It has the specific responsibility for:

1. Synthesis of appropriate ALA unit activities with the development and evaluation of programs which extend and improve user services in state and specialized libraries and multitype library cooperatives.

2. Representation and interpretation of the roles, functions, and services of these types of libraries within and outside the profession.

3. Development of policies, studies, and activities relative to government funding, grants and appropriations, and inter-governmental relationships in matters which affect these types of libraries, coordinated with appropriate ALA unit archives.

4. Establishment, evaluation, and promotion of standards.

5. Identification of user needs, and the creation and promotion of services to meet those needs.

6. Stimulation of the development and participation in appropriate type-of-activity divisions of librarians engaged in these types of libraries.

7. Coordination of the activities of ALA units which have a bearing on the concerns of this association.

8. Granting recognition for outstanding library service enacted.

9. Disseminating information and stimulating publishing and research.

Subject Index
American Association of State Library Agencies (ASLA)
Correctional Institutions
Deaf, Library Services to The
Handicapped, Services and Facilities for The
Hospital and Institution Libraries
Institutional Libraries
Regulations for Use of Libraries
Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, Association of
Languages of Materials
English [eng]