Louisiana Library Association

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Louisiana Library Association
State of Louisiana with a book inside it, the name of the org and the date it was founded 1925, in a vaguely blue color
Parent organization
American Library Association

The Louisiana Library Association (LLA) is a professional organization for Louisiana's librarians and library workers. It is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LLA publishes The LLA Bulletin (est. 1937) and Louisiana Libraries magazine.[1][2]

It was originally founded in 1909, called the Louisiana State Library Association, after a call for a statewide library group from the New Orleans Library Club.[2][3] An initial meeting of thirty people was held at Tulane University in 1909 with the goal of increasing the number of trained librarians in the state and drafting library legislation.[4][3] The main speaker was Chalmers Hadley from the American Library Association.[3] The LLA fell into some disorder during and after World War I, and was reorganized in 1925.[1]. The LLA Convention or Conference began in 1909 has been held annually (except for 1914-1924, 1933, and 1945).[1]

LLA became a chapter member of the American Library Association in 1939, and has been a member since then with the exception of a period from March 5, 1963 through mid-1965 when the Executive Board of LLA resigned from ALA because the organization was not integrated.:25[1][5][6][2] LLA had voted in 1947 to admit Black members, but because of state segregation laws had not been able to implement the change.[7] Before 1965 the Louisiana Colored Teachers’ Association (later called the Louisiana Education Association) had a libraries section which counted public, school, and academic librarians among its members.[8] The first Black president of LLA was Idella Washington who was elected in 1998.[2]

The Association bestows the Essae Martha Culver award for lifetime contributions to librarianship in Louisiana. In 2019 the award was given to Dr. Alma Dawson, the first African American so honored.


  1. ^ a b c d "LOUISIANA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION RECORDS, Finding Aid" (PDF). LSU Libraries. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Harris, Steven (Fall 2003). "Civil Rights and the Louisiana Library Association: Stumbling toward Integration". Libraries & Culture. 38 (4): 322–350. doi:10.1353/lac.2003.0065. JSTOR 25549125.
  3. ^ a b c Louisiana Library Commission (2017-05-05). "Report. v.1-13 1925-49". hdl:2027/mdp.39015036842436. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "FIELD WORK OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION". Internet Archive. 1910-01-01. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  5. ^ Lipscomb, Carolyn E. (2005). "Race and librarianship: part II". Journal of the Medical Library Association. 93 (3): 308–10. PMC 1175796. PMID 16059419.
  6. ^ Louisiana Library Association manual (PDF). 2015. p. 24. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  7. ^ Barrett, Kayla; Bishop, Barbara (Spring 1998). "Integration and the Alabama Library Association: Not so Black and White". Libraries & Culture. University of Texas Press. 33 (2): 141–161. JSTOR 25548612.
  8. ^ Harris, Steven R. (2017-07-20), Battle Cry: the American Library Association and Its Southern Chapters during the Civil Rights Movement, Center for Open Science, doi:10.31229/osf.io/hp2kf

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