A Brief History of AzLA
Arizona Library Association (AzLA) began in 1926, when Estelle Lutrell and State Librarian Con Cronin recognized the need for a strong association of librarians to improve Arizona libraries. The mission of the fledgling group was to “look after the general welfare of library work and workers in Arizona, to advance the education advantages of the state through libraries, and to promote general interest in library extension [traveling libraries].” From a beginning of 23 members, AzLA has grown to approximately 1,000 strong. Since its establishment, the Association’s basic mission has remained the same: to promote and improve library service and librarianship in Arizona.
A web exhibit features the story of early Arizona librarian and AzLA founder, Estelle Lutrell. SIRLS student Raymond E. Six developed the exhibit. To learn more, visit: http://ualibr-exhibits.s3-website-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/lutrell/success_years.html
The Mission Statement of AzLA
The mission of the Arizona Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship in libraries of all types in the state of Arizona.
- Developed statewide materials purchasing contracts
- Lobbied and obtained the end of use taxes on books
- Provide continuing education credits for school librarians
- Sponsor the Horner Fellowship
- Provide regional forums to obtain statewide input to the association
- Nominate young librarians to the Snowbird Leadership Institute