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Association of Liberated Librarians Collection

Identifier: 157
Organization folders include the following: bylaws and organizational material; membership and job/volunteer announcements; meeting minutes and reports; newsletters, programs, ephemera, correspondence, and material relating to site visits. Site visit files include correspondence, internal memos, and ephemera from the actual visit in separate folders named for the destination. Visits and prospective visits that generated three separate items or fewer are included in a general folder named "ALL Programs."

Note that many of the organizers and later leaders of the Association of Liberated Librarians (ALL) also held leadership positions in both the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) and the DC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA). As a result, over time organizational material from both organizations are stored with ALL collection folders and files.


  • 1953-1997

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0.75 linear feet; 3 boxes

Biographical / Historical

The Association of Liberation Librarians (ALL) was a group of librarians "liberated" from the 9-to 5 routine -- retired, self-employed, part-time employed, unemployed, an occasional student" who met monthly and visited libraries, archives and galleries in the Washington, DC area.

ALL began in 1981 as a subgroup of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Metropolitan Library Council. The founding members were retirees, part-timers, contractors and free-lance librarians, all of whom were acquainted with each other thorough membership in the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA) DC chapter. The original intent of ALL was not limited to fellowship and site visits - it also included service as a clearing-house for volunteer and part-time work opportunities for its members and information of particular interest to retirees.
Association of Liberated Librarians
An inventory of Association of Liberated Librarians at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Raymond Maxwell.
December 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the DC Public Library Special Collections Repository

1709 3rd Street NE
Washington DC 20002 USA