Magazine article American Libraries

Celebrating the Centennial; Excellence through Education

Magazine article American Libraries

Celebrating the Centennial; Excellence through Education

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Celebrating the centennial

1986-87 MARKS THE CENTENNIAL OF library education: Melvil Dewey's proposal to the trustees of Columbia University and the American Library Association in 1886 resulted in the opening of the School of Library Economy as a part of the Columbia University Library in 1887.

Currently, 63 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada offer a master's degree accredited by ALA's Committee on Accreditation. These schools produce 3,000 to 4,000 new librarians annually.

To commemorate the beginning of the second century of library education, ALA's Standing Committee on Library Education (SCOLE) and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have planned a number of events and activities.

Before and during ALA Conference

ALISE Symposium, June 27-28: "Library and Information Science Education: Into Its Second Century.'

This preconference symposium will be held at the Columbia University School of Library Science. Papers on current trends and future prospects of library and information science education will be delivered by Robert Hayes, Jane Robbins-Carter and Charles Seavey, Kathleen Heim, Adele Fasick, Evelyn Daniel, Margaret Myers, William Summers, Joan Durrance, George Bobinski, Michael Koenig, Curtis Wright, and Michael Buckland. These papers will be published as the Spring 1986 issue of Library Trends. For registration information, contact: ALISE Symposium, 471 Park Lane, State College, PA 16803.

SCOLE Library Education Committee and Library Education Assembly, June 30, 2-4 p.m. "A Lighthearted Look at Library Education History: A Reader's Digested Version Written with Liberties and Justin Winsor for All.'

The producers proclaim this to be "a multi-media show with a cast of thousands.' The size of the cast may be exaggerated, but librarian/actors in period costume will recreate such luminaries of library education as Melvil Dewey, Mary Wright Plummer, Katharine Lucinda Sharp, Sara N. …

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