Blog

Social Gatherings of Times Past: Century 21 Exposition (Seattle, 1962)

It doesn’t seem too long ago that gathering in large groups was a normal part of life, but the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the world has made such gatherings feel like a distant memory. In the absence of any significant social gatherings in the near future, take a tour through one from the past – the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World’s Fair, which over the course of its run attracted over 10 million people from all over the world to its many exhibits. One such exhibit was sponsored by the American Library Association, who showcased the importance of libraries to a world yearning for innovation.

Fair map from 1959 promotional booklet (Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives)

Continue reading “Social Gatherings of Times Past: Century 21 Exposition (Seattle, 1962)”

Publications: Library Video Magazine, 1986-1990

From 1986 through 1990, the American Library Association produced a series of videos about general issues in library administration known as Library Video Magazine. Each installment is rich in the experienced perspectives of library leaders of its time. Read on to learn more about Library Video Magazine!

Continue reading “Publications: Library Video Magazine, 1986-1990”

Publications: Books for Young People, 1922-1940

As early as the 1920s through 1930s and known under a variety of titles, the American Library Association produced a series of resources to support popular young people’s reading in libraries. Each publication is rich in the experienced perspectives of library leaders of its time. Read on to learn more about early books for young people!

Continue reading “Publications: Books for Young People, 1922-1940”

Publications: Recent Children’s Books, 1925-1939

From 1925 through 1939, known under the series title Recent Children’s Books, the American Library Association produced a series of resources to support collection development in children’s libraries. Each publication is rich with recommendations of contemporary children’s literature. Read on to learn more about early Recent Children’s Books!

Continue reading “Publications: Recent Children’s Books, 1925-1939”

“Librarians Are More Freedom Fighters Than Shushers”: Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden, 2003 (Record Series 13/6/15, Box 4)

In a career that spans state and government agencies, Carla Hayden has always fought for the people who need library resources the most and championed their right to have equal access to these resources, free of any government intervention. In a June 2003 news release announcing Hayden’s tenure as ALA President, Hayden stated that, “Equity of access is not only one of the basic tenets of our profession but it encompasses all of our basic and pressing contemporary concerns as well. We need to recommit ourselves to the ideal of providing equal access to everyone, anywhere, anytime and in any format, particularly those groups who are already underserved.” [1] Continue reading ““Librarians Are More Freedom Fighters Than Shushers”: Carla Hayden”

Publications: Children’s Books for General Reading, 1924-1929

During the 1920s, the American Library Association produced a two-edition series of bibliographies for children’s libraries known as Children’s Books for General Reading. Both installments are rich with selections of contemporary children’s literature. Read on to learn more about early Children’s Books for General Reading!

Continue reading “Publications: Children’s Books for General Reading, 1924-1929”

Publications: Readers and Primers, 1929-1933

From 1929 through 1939, known under the series title Readers and Primers, the American Library Association produced a series of lists to support collection development in children’s libraries. Each publication is a rich with recommendations of contemporary children’s literature. Read on to learn more about early Readers and Primers!

Continue reading “Publications: Readers and Primers, 1929-1933”

Publications: Gifts for Children’s Book-Shelves, 1922-1941

From 1922 until 1941, the American Library Association produced a series of bibliographies for children’s libraries known as Gifts for Children’s Book-Shelves. Each installment is rich with the experienced perspectives of children’s librarianship leaders of its time. Read on to learn more about Gifts for Children’s Book-Shelves!

Continue reading “Publications: Gifts for Children’s Book-Shelves, 1922-1941”

Publications: Planning for Libraries, 1943-1948

From 1943 through 1948, known under the series title Planning for Libraries, the American Library Association produced a series of resources to support library access expansion across the United States following the end of World War Two. Each publication is rich with recommendations and summaries of opportunities available to many public libraries. Read on to learn more about Planning for Libraries!

Continue reading “Publications: Planning for Libraries, 1943-1948”

Publications: Reading for an Age of Change Advertisements, 1961-1966

From at least 1961 through 1966, the series title Reading for an Age of Change was advertised through a fun variety of bookmarks which can also be fun for determining their elusive publication dates. Read on to learn more about dating ephemeral publications and advertising for Reading for an Age of Change!
Continue reading “Publications: Reading for an Age of Change Advertisements, 1961-1966”