Academic journal article Education Libraries (Online)

Education Division Guest Editorial

Academic journal article Education Libraries (Online)

Education Division Guest Editorial

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This year, 2014, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the SLA Education Division. As the Division was founded in June 1974 at the Annual Conference of the Association in Toronto, Canada, it was appropriate that we celebrated the 40th Anniversary at the June 2014 conference in Vancouver, Canada.

In 1974, the Division's founding mandate was to address the needs of "university education libraries, federal education libraries, school district professional libraries, education association libraries" as well as a wide variety of other libraries engaged with the field of education. Since 1974 the field of special librarianship has experienced and undergone transformations driven by an increasing technologically based global world. Librarians as professionals in the field of education ranging from schools to organization to academe have and continue to require the professional growth, networking, and shared vision of purpose offered by the Special Libraries Association, and specifically, the Education Division.

The Education Division has a strong history of commitment to its membership's professional development. This commitment is explicitly recognized with the Division's 1991 establishment of the Anne Galler Award for Professional Excellence. Further evidence of the Division's commitment is evidenced in its outreach to members, conference programming and activities, and by its peer-reviewed publication, Education Libraries.

The premier issue, v.l, no.l, fall 1975, was published in Massachusetts. It was titled the Bulletin with a subsequent title change to Education Libraries. Guest Perry, Houghton Mifflin Company, was the editor, and Malcolm Hamilton, Harvard Graduate School of Education, was the Division's chairperson. The first issue's editor and chair's remarks attest to the excitement of the officers and membership in launching a new initiative, a publication by and for the Education Division. With time the publication became peer-reviewed, online, and open access. The mission of Education Libraries has been and continues to be its contributions to knowledge and understanding of the field of education and the role of education librarians.

The contents of the first issue in fall of 1975 included a bibliography on Teachers Teaching, a membership directory, an index of advertisers, and a book review. The first issue's contents document the information important to the profession at the time. …

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