South Carolina Library Association

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South Carolina Library Association
the four letters of the association abbreviation in bright colors and the L looks like an open book
FormationOctober 27, 1915; 104 years ago (1915-10-27)
HeadquartersColumbia, South Carolina
Parent organization
American Library Association

The South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) is a professional organization for South Carolina's librarians and library workers. It is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. It was founded on October 27, 1915 in Columbia.[1] University of South Carolina librarian Robert M. Kennedy was the association's first president from 1915 through 1921.[2] The group became a chapter of the American Library Association in 1944.[2]

SCLA admitted its first black members in 1962 after an ALA inquiry requesting that Southern library associations "clarify their positions on black membership."[2] SCLA president Nancy Jane Day certified that membership was open to black members, many of whom had been attending the meetings of the library section of the Palmetto Education Association.[2]

SCLA began publishing the South Carolina Library Bulletin in 1945 through 1956, followed by South Carolina Librarian beginning in 1956 and ending in 1988.[2] South Carolina Libraries is currently the official open access journal of SCLA.[3]


  1. ^ Stone, Amanda (1915-10-27). "History of the Association". Home. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  2. ^ a b c d e Myers, Elizabeth (1961-11-04). "scla-text". Information and Communications - College of Information and Communications | University of South Carolina. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  3. ^ "University of South Carolina". South Carolina Libraries. 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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