Library Trends 34 (3) Winter 1986: History of Library and Information Science Education


Library Trends 34 (3) Winter 1986: History of Library and Information Science Education. Edited by Donald G. Davis, Jr. and Phyllis Dain.

Anniversaries are times for taking stock of the past as well as conceiving new visions for the future. In librarianship we are at such a time: the centenary of library education. Today, one hundred years after the founding, graduate library education has been accepted as a prerequisite for professional practice and offered in some of the finest universities in the United States, and library schools have produced a growing body of research. Yet problems remain. There is renewed questioning of the character, quality, and value of library education in a rapidly changing, insecure world.

This Library Trends number on the history of library education is not intended to be a comprehensive or definitive treatment of the subject. Although there has been a good deal of research on related topics in recent years, much more remains to be done, as there is not yet a sufficiently large body of work to draw upon for thorough syntheses. Indeed, this Library Trends issue has been conceived as a vehicle for the presentation of original research and theoretical speculation as well as summaries and evaluations of existing research and thought. The aim was to gather together a group of thoughtful, intellectually sophisticated essays on a variety of themes and topics. We hope that all the contributions will provoke new thought and further exploration.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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