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The Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA) is the newest regional association of librarians and archivists to be formed in the Pacific area. The association was formed to address the needs of Pacific Islands librarians and archivists, with a special focus on Micronesia.

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American Library Association

Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Hawaii Library Association

The Hawai‘i Library Association (HLA) was founded in 1922 with 20 members, and became a chapter of the American Library Association in March 1924. In those days, the meetings were scheduled to coincide with the arrivals of the inter-island boats. During the first decade, the Association presented such speakers as Padraic Colum (1923), John Marquand (1932), and Christopher Morley (1933) to its members. By March 1941 there were 69 members and by October 1943, there were 87 members and three honorary members.

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Dante Perez



Guam, USA

Phone 671-734-2261/3

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