Encyclopedia of Big Data

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely

American Library Association

  • David Brown
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_6-1

The American Library Association (ALA) is a voluntary organization that represents libraries and librarians around the world. Worldwide, the ALA is the largest and oldest professional organization for libraries, librarians, information science centers, and information scientists. The association was founded in 1876 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its inception, the ALA has provided leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of libraries, information access, and information science. The ALA is primarily concerned with learning enhancement and information access for all people. The organization strives to advance the profession through its initiatives and divisions within the organization. The primary action areas for the ALA are advocacy, education, lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, organizational excellence, diversity, equitable access to information and services, expansion of all forms of literacy, and library transformation to maintain relevance in a...

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Further Readings

  1. American Library Association. About ALA. http://www.ala.org/aboutala/. Accessed 10 Aug 2014.
  2. American Library Association. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. http://www.ala.org/alcts/. Accessed 10 Aug 2014.
  3. American Library Association. Library Information Technology Association (LITA). http://www.ala.org/lita/. Accessed 10 Aug 2014.
  4. Bieraugel, Mark. Keeping up with... big data. American Library Association. http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/keeping_up_with/big_data. Accessed 10 Aug 2014.
  5. Carr, P. L. (2014). Reimagining the library as a technology: An analysis of Ranganathan’s five laws of library science within the social construction of technology framework. The Library Quarterly, 84(2), 152–164.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  7. Finnemann, N. O. (2014). Research libraries and the Internet: On the transformative dynamic between institutions and digital media. Journal of Documentation, 70(2), 202–220.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Gordon-Murnane, L. (2012). Big data: A big opportunity for Librarians. Online, 36(5), 30–34.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southern New Hampsire UniversityUniversity of Central Florida College of Medicine, Independent ConsultantHuntington BeachUSA