From the Archives
It is only appropriate that we share a photo from the collection of the New York State Library of Melvil Dewey & the faculty of the state’s library school. As we know, Dewey was a very organized fellow. So much so, that he was instrumental in forming several library organizations including the American Library Association (1876), the New York Library Club (1885) and, of course, the New York Library Association (1890). NYLA was founded to promote unity among librarians and cooperation between libraries in New York State. George W. Curtis, Andrew Draper, and Melvil Dewey were the chief sponsors of its first meeting held in Albany on July 11, 1890. The 43 members in attendance voted to organize an association and adopt a constitution and bylaws. 2015 will mark the 125 Anniversary of NYLA, and commemorate this, the NYLA conference will be held in Lake Placid.
Lake Placid was the home of Dewey. It was there that he established the Lake Placid Club and he and his son were instrumental in bringing the 1932 Winter Olympics to the town. So mark your 2015 calendar and come celebrate NYLA’s heritage.