Awesome Articles on ALA Archives Blog

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The American Library Association Archives Blog has published another excellent set of library history articles over the past few months!  Quoted below are the titles, authors, and authors’ introductions. Access all of the articles at

Increasing Morale: Hospital Library Service in WWI

By Madison Well, June 15, 2017, 8:00 AM
World War I spread tragedy and despair across the world, but the American Library Association worked to brighten the spirits of wounded soldiers. In 1917, the American Library Association provided library services to wounded soldiers and delivered books, newspapers, and magazines to more than 200 army and navy hospitals.
The A.L.A. and Armed Services Librarianship

By Salvatore De Sando, May 22, 2017, 4:00 AM
After the success of supporting library service for soldiers during World War One and Two, A.L.A. members have been a part of the expansion of public library services including armed services librarianship across the country and overseas. Read on to learn more about armed services librarianship!
Publications: Chinese-American and Asian Pacific American Librarian Publications

By Salvatore De Sando, May 15, 2017, 8:00 AM
Since the 1970s, Membership Directories and Newsletters of the Chinese-American Librarians Association (CALA) and Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) have provided information resources for Asian American and Pacific American professionals working in libraries. Here at the A.L.A. Archives, we want to tell you all about our holdings…
Research Strategies: Finding Asian American and Pacific Heritage Materials at the ALA Archives

By Salvatore De Sando, May 8, 2017, 8:00 AM
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and we at the ALA Archives want to help you optimize your research into Asian Pacific American history. In this month’s blog post, we’ll take a tour through ALA Archives holdings and we’ll try multiple strategies for finding information. Read on to learn more!

Nathaniel L. Goodrich Scrapbooks, 1881-1902

Publications: Library War Service Publications

By Salvatore De Sando, April 17, 2017, 8:00 AM
While the ALA War Service supplied great amounts of reading materials to soldiers abroad, a great amount of administrative reading materials were produced too. These can be found in Record Series 89/1/60, which contains promotional pamphlets and administrative reports. Read on to learn about Library War Service publications!
Commemorating the Library War Service

By Cara Bertram, April 4, 2017, 10:26 AM
With centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I coming up on April 6, the American Library Association Archives is commemorating the centennial of the Library War Service, which was formed shortly after the US entered the Great War.
The Books They Read: Library War Service in WWI

By Leanna Barcelona, March 20, 2017, 11:17 AM
During the course of U.S. involvement in World War I, the American Library Association collected $5 million in donations for the Library War Service, a service that accumulated a collection of ten million publications and established thirty-six camp libraries across the United States and Europe.
Publications: The Newsletters of Women in Libraries and Women Library Workers

Salvatore De Sando, March 1, 2017, 7:00 AM
Since 1970 the Women in Libraries Newsletter (and Women Library Workers Journal, 1975-1993) have provided information resources for women working in libraries. Older issues are still information rich for current and future readers. Read on to learn more about the art and history of Women in Libraries and Women Library Workers Newsletters!
“First Your Country, Then Your Rights”: African American Soldiers in WWI
By Sharon Pietryka, February 15, 2017, 3:00 AM
In honor of Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, it is only fitting to discuss the service of African Americans in the war and to highlight a few materials we have here at the archives that illustrate their contributions.


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