Massachusetts Library Association

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Massachusetts Library Association
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The Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) is the Massachusetts, United States professional library association that "advocates for libraries, librarians, and library staff, defends intellectual freedom, and provides a forum for leadership, communication, professional development, and networking to keep libraries vital." MLA publishes standards for library services to Massachusetts children and young adults. MLA sponsors an annual conference, as well as continuing education programs and organizational reports of interest. MLA's offices are based in Bedford, MA.


MLA was founded in 1890 as the "Massachusetts Library Club".[1] The gavel that has been passed down from president to president is said to be made from the wood of the USS Constitution. The MLA had a committee called The Art Club that created sets of photographs for travelling art exhibits that would rotate through Massachusetts member and associate libraries as early as 1900.[2]

In 1962 MLA's Intellectual Freedom Committee gave testimony before the Massachusetts Obscene Literature Control Commission opposing the suppression of Henry Miller's book Tropic of Cancer supporting Massachusetts residents' freedom to read.[3][4]


MLA has acted as both a publisher of authors such as Robert Frost as well as an author on many state standards for library services to different populations.

  • Books We Like: Sixty-two Answers to the Question... [5]
  • Standards for Public Library Services to Children in Massachusetts [6]
  • Standards for Public Library Services to Young Adults in Massachusetts [7]
  • Bay State Libraries, the MLA newsletter published quarterly (January, April, July, and October), focuses on items of interest to the association and to Massachusetts librarians in general.
  • The MLA has developed a Library Use Value Calculator spreadsheet, which is used by many libraries throughout the United States.[8][9][10][11]



Affiliated Organizations[edit]


  1. ^ State of Rhode Island, Office of Library and Information Services. "Glossary of Library Terms and Acronyms" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  2. ^ Annual Report. Watertown, MA: Watertown Free Public Library. 1901. 
  3. ^ McCoy, Ralph Edward (1968). Freedom of the Press: An Annotated Bibliography. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 0-8093-0335-3. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Louise (1996). Censorship and the American Library. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 123. ISBN 0-313-29644-8. 
  5. ^ Frost, Robers; Edward Weeks (1936). Books We Like: Sixty-two Answers to the Question. Boston: Massachusetts Library Association. 
  6. ^ Massachusetts Library Association Ad Hoc Committee on Children's Standards. Standards for Public Library Services to Children in Massachusetts. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  7. ^ Massachusetts Library Association, Children’s Issues Section. "Standards for Public Library Services to Young Adults in Massachusetts". Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  8. ^ ilove "Get involved". Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  9. ^ Vermont Library Association. "Library Use Value Calculator". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  10. ^ Maine State Library. "Library Use Value Calculator". Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  11. ^ Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. "Economic Impact of Libraries". Retrieved 2007-10-26. 

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