ACRL Milestones

A timeline of milestones in the history of the Association for College and Research Libraries

1889-03-01 00:00:00


At the ALA Annual Conference in St. Louis, 13 college librarians recommend that a college library section be formed within ALA.

1890-03-01 00:00:00

First College Library Section Meeting

At the ALA Annual Conference in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, 15 academic librarians hold the first meeting of the College Library Section.

1897-03-01 00:00:00

Reference Librarians Included

The Section name changes to the College and Reference Library Section to recognize the participation of reference librarians.

1938-03-01 00:00:00

Sections Formed

The College Libraries Section, Junior College Libraries Section (now CJCLS), Libraries of Teacher-Training Institutions Section (now EBSS), Reference Librarians Section, and University Libraries Section were formed.

1939-03-01 00:00:00

First C&RL Published

The first issue of College & Research Libraries is published in December.

1940-02-28 04:33:36

Phineas L. Windsor

Phineas L. Windsor serves as the first president of ACRL as a division.

1940-03-01 00:00:00

Agricultural Libraries Section

The Agricultural Libraries Section (now STS) is formed.

1940-05-31 04:33:36

ALA's First Division

The ALA Council recognizes ACRL as ALA’s first division on May 31, 1940.

1942-03-01 00:00:00

Mabel L. Conat

Mabel L. Conat becomes the first female president of ACRL.

1947-03-01 00:00:00

N. Orwin Rush

N. Orwin Rush, the librarian of Clark University, is hired as the first ACRL executive director.

ACRL Milestones

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