Mississippi Library Association

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mississippi Library Association
the letters M L A with a little state of MS being the size of the hole in the A
FormationOctober 29, 1909; 110 years ago (1909-10-29)
HeadquartersJackson, Mississippi
Parent organization
American Library Association

The Mississippi Library Association (MLA) is a professional organization for Mississippi's librarians and library workers. It is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi in the Mississippi Library Commission building.[1] It was founded October 29, 1909 by Whitman Davis, a librarian at Mississippi A & M College.[1] In 1968, it became incorporated as Mississippi Library Association, Inc.[1]

The organization publishes Mississippi Libraries (ISSN 0194-388X) a quarterly, open access publication.[2]

MLA was a segregated library association, joining Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia Library Associations in reporting to ALA in 1951 that there were "no formal barriers to membership," in their associations and yet, "most African Americans chose not to join."[3] The MLA lost American Library Association chapter representation status in 1962 as a result of not complying with ALA policies requiring integrated library associations.[4][5][3] However, they were honored by the ALA for their National Library Week activities in 1964, and integrated as a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Mississippi Library Association". Mission & History. 1909-10-29. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ "Mississippi Library Association". About Mississippi Libraries. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  3. ^ a b Lipscomb, Carolyn E. "Race and librarianship: part II". Journal of the Medical Library Association. 93 (3). PMID 16059419. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  4. ^ ""Any Ideas?": The American Library Association and the Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South". Libraries: Culture, History, and Society. The Pennsylvania State University Press. 1 (1): 1. 2017. doi:10.5325/libraries.1.1.0001. ISSN 2473-0343.
  5. ^ Goudeau, John (1973). "State Library History Series, 10. A Bibliography of Mississippi Library History" (PDF). Journal of Library History. Tallahassee, Florida: Florida State University, School of Library Science. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  6. ^ Rayman, Denise (2015-02-12). "Action, Not Reaction: Integrating the Library Profession". American Library Association Archives. Retrieved 2020-01-19.

External links[edit]