Journal of Educational Media and Library Sciences

Volume 30 No. 2, pp. 152-167 (December 1992)

American Library Education: Its Development and Issues

Estelle Yea-shiow Fu

The beginning of American library education was the establishment of the School ol Library Economy by Melvil Dewey in Columbia College in 1887. One century later, there are more than sixty accredited programs of offered by schools of library and information science. A college degree is an admission requirement. There are also a number of doctoral programs - perhaps nineteen. The trend of library education is the integration of "information science" into the basic professional curriculum. Since 1978, over a dozen library schools have been closed or had their termination announced. This paper presents a brief history of American library education and points out some of the problems.

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