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ALA Council Resolution On ACRL’s 75th Anniversary

This year, ACRL celebrates its 75th Anniversary as a division of the American Library Association. As we celebrate this auspicious occasion we take some time to look back at the significant milestones in the association’s history, and also look forward to the future – thinking about how we will continue to evolve as the needs of our members do and indeed, as the entire higher education landscape changes. There will be ample opportunity to celebrate ACRL’s 75th anniversary, culminating in a celebratory event at the ACRL 2015 conference in Portland. We will continue to share information about these events as they are available. We are pleased, however, to share the ALA Council Resolution, adopted (or is this approved) at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, that recognizes ACRL for 75 outstanding years of service to the profession!

– ACRL Past-President Trevor A. Dawes


 

2014 ALA Annual Conference

This tribute resolution was adopted by the ALA Council on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 

ALA Resolution Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Whereas the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) traces its origins to 1890 with the establishment of the College Library Section within the American Library Association;

Whereas the College Library Section achieved division status in 1939 as the Association of College and Reference Libraries;

Whereas the Association of College and Reference Libraries became the Association of College and Research Libraries in 1956;

Whereas the Association of College and Research Libraries “is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research”;

Whereas the Association of College and Research Libraries has established Communities of Practice including sections, interest groups, and discussion groups to provide a means and mechanism for academic librarians at all levels to become involved in the association;

Whereas the Association of College and Research Libraries offers a network of 42 chapters throughout the country providing local and regional opportunities for academic libraries to engage with colleagues in their communities;

Whereas in 1978 the Association of College and Research Libraries successfully held its first conference and has done so every other year since 1981;

Whereas the Association of College and Research Libraries has exhibited an impact on higher education, scholarly communication and civic development through initiatives such as the Council of Liaisons, standards and guidelines, awards, leadership in scholarly communication, the implementation of the Information Literacy Institute and the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program and standards, engagement as a public policy advocate, including the @Your Library Campaign and other grassroots advocacy programs and through recruitment to the profession; and 

Whereas the Association of College and Research Libraries has provided evidence of commitment to professional growth and development through national conferences, e-learning, leadership, mentoring and training programs, information literacy immersion programs, workshops and pre-conferences, annual conference programs, career and job services, building the knowledge base through publishing efforts such as College and Research Libraries and C&RL News, ACRL Publications in Librarianship, CHOICE, Resources for College Libraries, RBMS: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage, ACRL non-serial publications, such as The Value of Academic Libraries, CLIPP, academic library statistics, section newsletters, ACRL website and ACRL Insider; ACRLog and ACRL podcasts; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association, on behalf of its members:

congratulates and commends the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its 75 years of excellence in the development of academic and research librarianship.

Adopted by the Council of the American Library Association

Tuesday, July 1, 2014,

In Las Vegas, Nevada

Keith Michael Fiels

ALA Executive Director and Secretary of the ALA Council