University of Minnesota. Library School

Variant names

Hide Profile

The University of Minnesota Library School was established as the Division of Library Instruction in 1928. Its founder and first director was University Librarian Frank K. Walter. The Division became the Library School in 1953, and a Ph. D. program was added to the curriculum in 1969. The school was closed in 1985. The collection documents the changes that occurred in library science education to prepare candidates to meet the changing information needs of society, including special programs (medical, law, and children's librarianship, and the popular Ph. D. program), special tools (computers), and inter-library organization (ERIC, CLIS), among other developments.

From the description of Papers, 1924-1985. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63300838

The University of Minnesota worked with the State Department of Public Instruction to offer Library Training Schools for public and school librarians during the 1910s and 1920s. The College of Science, Literature and the Arts Announcement of Courses for 1922-1923 is the first University course bulletin to include a course in Library Methods. “Use of Books and Libraries” was described as an “introductory study of reference books and library methods as applied to individual study and research.”

At their April 5, 1928, meeting, the University Board of Regents voted to authorize the establishment of a Division of Library Instruction, and at their October 1, 1928 meeting, the Board of Regents passed several resolutions to amend the April 5 vote, including that the “University Librarian is hereby made Director of the Division of Library Instruction.”

In his report on the Division of Library Instruction for the 1928-1930 President’s Report, University Librarian Frank K. Walter wrote, “The division…was formally opened to students with the fall quarter of 1928-29. Unlike any other similar agency on record, it is an instructional unit and not an administrative entity. The curriculum and faculty are under the control of the director of the division. The courses offered are accepted for credit by the various schools and colleges of the University…The attendance has been surprisingly large. About a hundred different students were enrolled in 1928-29 and 102 in 1929-30…”

A Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science and a five-year professional degree were approved by the Board of Regents June 16, 1945. The degrees would be granted by the College of Science, Literature and the Arts, and courses at the time included Origins of the Book, Public Library Administration, Library Service in Hospitals, Theory of Bibliography, and Sources of Information about Library Materials.

The Board of Regents voted at their February 13, 1953, meeting that the Division of Library Instruction, which was an independent unit reporting directly to the President, would be transferred to the College of Science, Literature and the Arts as a department of the College, to be called the Library School. The transfer took effect July 1, 1953. David K. Berninghausen was appointed as the first Director of the Library School.

In 1956, the American Library Association (ALA) Board of Education for Librarianship accredited the graduate program in Library Science for a Master of Arts degree. In accordance with the standards of ALA, the Library School offered a program leading to the Master of Arts degree as the basic preparation for professional librarianship. The Library School began offering a PhD with a major in library science in 1969.

The University and the College of Liberal Arts (the successor to the College of Science, Literature and the Arts) considered the question of closing the Library School for several years. At the October 12, 1984, Board of Regents meeting, the Regents approved recommendations from the Educational Policy and Long-Range Planning Committee that included the following, “The academic degree programs of the School of Library Science, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities, be discontinued effective June 30, 1985 as recommended by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.”

Frank Keller Walter, 1928-1943 Errett W. McDiarmid, 1943-1951 Edward B. Stanford, Acting Director and Director, 1951-1953 David K. Berninghausen, 1953-1974 Wesley Simonton, 1974-1982 George D’Elia, 1982-1985

From the guide to the Library School records, 1924-1984, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives [uarc])

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Andrew Adin Stomberg Papers University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Library School records, 1924-1984 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Minnesota. Dept. of Education. Library Division. Articles, reports and studies, 1935-1971. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota Library Association records., 1891-2000. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Perrie Jones and family papers., 1885-1980. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Walter, Frank Keller, 1874-1945. Papers, 1900-1945. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Wesley Simonton papers, 1954-1984 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
creatorOf University of Minnesota. Library School. Papers, 1924-1985. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Walter, Frank Keller, 1874-1945. Papers, 1900-1945. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Raymond H. Shove papers, 1960-1987 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Jones, Perrie, 1886-1968. Perrie Jones and family papers, 1885-1980. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Scott, Alma, b. 1892. Alma Scott papers, 1876-1974. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Minnesota Library Association. Minnesota Library Association records, 1891-2000. Minnesota Historical Society Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Jones, Perrie, 1886-1968. person
associatedWith Minnesota. Dept. of Education. Library Division. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Library Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Scott, Alma, b. 1892. person
associatedWith Shove, Raymond H. (Raymond Howard), 1906- person
associatedWith Simonton, Wesley C. person
associatedWith Stomberg, Andrew A. (Andrew Adin), 1871-1943. person
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Division of Library Instruction. corporateBody
associatedWith Walter, Frank Keller, 1874-1945. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Library schools
Occupation
Activity

Corporate Body

Active 1924

Active 1985

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6w99b3w

Ark ID: w6w99b3w

SNAC ID: 68737736