Meeting Minutes, 2005-2020
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Brief Description: Meeting minutes of the Exhibit Round Table Executive Board and membership meetings (2005-2020), including committee updates, treasurer updates, round table governance, the Hoy Scholarship, and conference programming.
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]
Record Series Number: 41/1/1
Created by: Exhibits Round Table
Volume: 4.0 megabytes
Acquired: 05/00/2020.
Arrangement: Chronological
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).

Round table was dissolved in September 2021.

Subject Index
ALA Annual Conference
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Exhibits Round Table
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Exhibits Round Table website  Materials captured from Exhibits Round Table website by Archives staff and uploaded into digital repository, 5/2020.