ESRT: About - History

1978-1981

Ethnic Services Task Force/NYLA served as an open forum for discussions of ethnic services in the libraries of New York State.

 

1982

Ethnic Services Round Table was established to aid libraries in support of multiculturalism.

 

1982-2000

28 programs presented at the NYLA annual conferences on issues of cultural diversity.

 

1992

First issue of the ESRT newsletter was printed.

 

1995

ESRT Annual Multicultural Award, sponsored by Garland Publishing, Inc., was established.

 

1995-2001

23 bibliographies published.

 

1999

First ESRT Multicultural EXPO was held at NYLA Annual Conference in Buffalo.

 

2000

NYLA approved production of major ESRT publication on services to diverse ethnic communities in the libraries of New York State.

 

2002

Bridging Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Library of New York State published by NYLA/ESRT.