Ninety Years of Education for the Profession: Reflections on the Early Years

Davis, Jr., Donald G.
June 2005
Journal of Education for Library & Information Science;Summer2005, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p266
Academic Journal
The article focuses on early developments related to library education. The first recorded gathering of staff members from American Library Schools took place at the annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) on May 23, 1907 in Asheville, North Carolina. The continuing work of the ALA Committee on Library Training, nevertheless, indicated a growing agenda of issues for consideration. The net result was the formation of the Section on Professional Training for Librarianship within ALA in 1909. When the prevailing emphasis on apprenticeship programs became apparent in the new Section, Phineas L. Windsor, the chair, suggested an informal meeting of library school administrators and faculty members at the January 1911 ALA meeting. Among the topics he suggested for discussion were problems in teaching cataloging, administration of library schools, costs of library science education, cooperative use of lecturers, methods of revising student work, and the need for various specializations


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