The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as
an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of
library services and resources to the nation's African American
community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional
development of African American librarians.
To call to the attention of the American Library Association
the need to respond positively on behalf of the Black members
of the profession and the information needs of the Black community
by reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and recommending to the American
Library Association actions on the needs of Black librarians which
will influence their status in the areas of recruitment, development,
advancement, and general working conditions; and to provide information
on qualifications of Black librarians.
To review the records and evaluate the positions of candidates
for the various offices within the ALA to determine their impact
upon Black librarians and services to the Black community.
To monitor the activities of Divisions, Round Tables and Committees
of the American Library Association, by active participation within
these groups, to make sure that they are meeting the needs of
To serve as a clearinghouse for information about Black Librarians
in promoting their wider participation at all levels of the profession
and the Association.
To support and promote efforts to achieve meaningful communication
and equitable representation in state associations and on the
governing and advisory boards of libraries at state and local
To facilitate library service which will meet the information
needs of Black people.
To encourage the development of authoritative information resources
about Black people and the dissemination of this information to
the larger community.
To open up channels of communication to and through Black librarians
in every unit of the ALA.
Last updated January 15, 1997