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Celebrating Library Anniversaries

Celebrating significant library anniversaries is a great way to promote libraries and library history.  It's feasible to celebrate anniversaries as often as every five years and certainly every ten years.  A significant celebration should take place every 25 years. Of course, fiftieth anniversaries and centennials call for  even more elaborate celebrations.

Celebrations can occur for a variety of library anniversaries.  These include the legal founding of the library or organization, the founding of a predecessor library with a direct connection to the current library, the anniversary of the library's building or one of the library's buildings, or the celebration of a significant event in the history of the library such as the start of bookmobile service.

Tips on celebrating anniversaries

Some ways to celebrate anniversaries

Links to Selected Anniversary Celebration Pages of Libraries

Special Libraries Association
http://www.sla.org/centennial/
http://www.sla.org/content/SLA/AssnProfile/History/index.cfm

Forsyth County (NC) Public Library
http://www.forsyth.cc/library/centennial.aspx

Granby (MA) Free Public Library (Carnegie building 90th anniversary)
http://wmrls.blogspot.com/2007_12_09_archive.html

Oklahoma Public Libraries
http://199.164.253.25/centennial/time.html

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/centennial/index.html

Other resources

Library Histories on the Web (Many examples of library histories under state listings)
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.org/historylinks.htm

Library Exhibits
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.org/exhibits.htm

The Hippest History by Bernadette A. Lear (Library Journal article)
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA601034.html#web
 

Pennsylvania Library History Project (Bernadette Lear)
http://www.personal.psu.edu/bal19/plhp.htm
Although this site was developed for Pennsylvania libraries, the Online Resources section of the site has information which would be helpful to any library interested in documenting its history.

LHRT Guidelines for Writing Local Library Histories
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/lhrt/governance/lhrtpositions/guidelineswriting.cfm

Library Anniversaries 2007
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.org/anniversaries-2007.htm

Library Anniversaries 2008
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.org/anniversaries-2008.htm

Library Anniversaries 2009
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.com/anniversaries-2009-11.htm

Library Anniversaries 2010
http://www.libraryhistorybuff.com/anniversaries-2010.htm

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