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Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)

Historical Note:

The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) was established in 1977 to meet the following objectives:

1.  To provide a forum for discussion in library use

2.  To contribute to the education and training of librarians for library instruction

3.  To promote instruction in the use of libraries as an essential library service, and

4.  To serve as a channel of communication on library instruction (1).

During 1977-78 LIRT established six committees: the Conference Planning Committee, Liaison Committee, Continuing Education Task Force, Planning Task Force, and the Newsletter Committee (2).

At the 1981 San Francisco Conference, a new program was designed and developed by the Conference Program Planning Committee to meet libraries' needs for bibliographic instruction at regional and state levels (3).  The Long-Range Planning Committee was formed to develop new ideas and programs, focusing on future activities and needs of library users (4).

In 1985, committees included: Affiliates (ad hoc), Affiliates Council, Conference Program Planning, Continuing Education, Elections/Nominating, Institute (ad hoc), Liaison, Long-Range Planning, Organization and By-laws, Public Relations/Membership, and Publications (5).


2-Publications (LIRT News)


1.  ALA Yearbook 1977, p. 191-92.

2.  ALA Yearbook 1979, p. 157.

3.  ALA Yearbook 1982, p. 167.

4.  Ibid.

5.  ALA Handbook of Organization, 1985-86, p. 158-59.

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