Library Education Programs File, 1922-1954
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Brief Description: Library Education Programs File including correspondence, visitation reports and completed survey forms dealing with library science sources and programs conducted in the United States and foreign countries. Files contain information of the purposes and goals of programs, course descriptions, curricula, financial support, faculty, admission criteria, certificates and degrees awarded, facilities and enrollment, and visitation reports relating to the accreditation of library schools. The series includes files dealing with the Indiana and Michigan library surveyed of 1937-40, and with Carnegie Corporation support for library education programs. Chief correspondents include Louis R. Wilson, Keyes D. Metcalf, Sarah C. N. Bogle, Anita Hostetter, Harriet Howe and Margaret E. Vinton.
Held at:
The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 28/50/5
Created by: Library Education Division (LED), Board of Education for Librarianship
Volume: 15.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 3/26/77
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Arrangement: U.S.: Alphabetical by state and chronological thereunder.�??�?�  Foreign: Alphabetical by country.
Biographical Note for Library Education Division (LED) :

The Division of Library Education (LED) was established June 21, 1946, by a vote of the Council accepting the petition for divisional status submitted by the Professional Training Round Table. The Round Table thus became the Division of Library Education. Constitution and bylaws were adopted and officers were elected June 21, 1946.

The purpose of the division was to advance the interests of librarianship through the maintenance and improvement of standards in education for librarianship and through the study of personnel problems (1).

The Library Education Division had specific responsibility for:

1. Continuous study and review of changing needs for library education, development of educational programs, and continuing education of library personnel.

2. Conduct of activities and projects within its areas of responsibility.

3. Synthesis of the consideration by library educators and practicing librarians of education for librarianship.

4. Representation and interpretation of library education in contact with other educational groups.

5. Stimulation of the development of librarians engaged in its type of activity, and stimulation of participation by members in appropriate type-of-library divisions.

6. Planning and development of programs of study and research which will improve and extend library education for the whole profession.

In January, 1952, the Council of New Library Schools became the Teachers Section of the Division (2).

The Library Education Division also had specific responsibility for identifying materials needed in library education and prompting their preparation, publication, evaluation, dissemination, and use (3).

In 1977, the Library Education Division was dissolved by the ALA Council and was replaced by the Committee on Education, effective February 1, 1978 (4).

Subject Index
Board of Education for Librarianship (BEL)
Bogle, Sarah C. N.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Hostetter, Anita M.
Howe, Harriet E.
Library School Accreditation
Library School Curricula
Library Schools
Metcalf, Keyes D.
Wilson, Louis R.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]