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Honoring the Past, Building Our Future: One Hundred Years of the Virginia Library Association
For one hundred years the Virginia Library Association has developed, promoted, and improved library and information services and the profession of librarianship to advance literacy and learning and to ensure access to information for all Virginians. A non-partisan organization composed of libraries, librarians, trustees, friends, and other interested people, the VLA is the only statewide association that represents all types of libraries including academic, public, and special libraries. Libraries are crucial for a democratic government, providing access to information and the necessary tools that allow people to make informed decisions. Through a range of services, the VLA promotes programs to ensure that Virginians remain active life-long learners. The VLA supports library professionals through development opportunities, and it is actively engaged as an advocate of libraries to the state government. Today, its approximately 1,300 members represent a cross-section of educational, commercial, and professional interests.