Exhibit, 1954-1980
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Brief Description: Exhibit, the Newsletter of the Exhibits Round Table (1954-1980), containing round table updates, letters from the chair, meeting minutes, lists of exhibits, and articles.
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: 41/3/11
Created by: Exhibits Round Table
Volume: 0.3 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/24/2018.
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/alasfa/4103011a.pdf
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by publication date
Biographical Note for Exhibits Round Table :

At the 1954 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, the directors of the State Library Association Officers' Workshop drafted a petition to establish an Exhibits Round Table (ERT) (1).  The ALA Council approved the formation of the Exhibits Round Table on June 21, 1954 (2).

ERT's original purpose was to "maintain good relationships between the library associations and exhibitors" (3).  Since 1954 ERT's role has been expanded to:

1.  Act as a communication interface between exhibitors and the ALA

2.  Serve as a clearinghouse for information on all state and regional library association conferences using commerical exhibits

3.  Maintain an up-to-date exhibits procedure manual

4.  Set up standards for convention exhibit procedures covering booth rental, space assignments, and exhibit hours (4).

ERT is governed by a board consisting of exhibitors and librarians and is headed by the ERT President who is appointed by the ALA President (5).  Other ERT officers include two vice-presidents and a secretary (6).  ERT operates through standing committees concerned with awards, membership, and standards (7).

ERT sponsors two annual awards.  The Donald W. Kohlstedt Exhibit Award was established in 1972.  Formerly known as the Melvil Dewey Exhibit Award, it consists of citations and plaques recognizing outstanding booth displays at the ALA annual convention (8).  The John R. Rowe Memorial Award, established in 1965, grants $500 to an individual or group to aid or improve the operation of a professional library association.  It is awarded on the basis of need (9).  Both awards are announced at the annual ERT Banquet held at the ALA annual convention (10).


1-Officers and Executive Board

2-Publications Exhibit




33-Melville Awards






1.  ALA Council, Minutes, First Council Session, 73rd ALA Conference, June 21, 1954, Library Journal 79 (14), August 1954, p. 8.

2.  Ibid., p. 1345.

3.  Ibid., p. 9.

4.  ALA Handbook of Organization, 1982-83, p. 141.

5.  ALA Bulletin, March 1959, pp. 229-230.

6.  The ALA Yearbook 1980, p. 136.

7.  ALA Bulletin, March 1959, p. 229.

8.  The ALA Yearbook 1977, p. 45.

9.  The ALA Yearbook 1981, p. 59.

10.  The ALA Yearbook 1977, p. 45.

Subject Index
Exhibits Round Table
Languages of Materials
English [eng]