Ingrid has asked me to come and speak to you about the significance of the Centennial Year. In order to do that I think it’s important to frame the year in a context of the past, present and future.
A Century of Knowledge, Service and Discovery: Library Education 1911-2011 derived its name from a survey of alumni and brainstorming activities to ascertain thoughts that would give vision to this most important year.
So. now let’s talk about why? Why Now? And What has CUA SLIS contributed to not only the profession but also the university. When was the ALA established? When did Melvile Dewey establish the Dewey Decimal System and when did CUA teach the first Library Education Course? As you can see from this framework the field and the industrial revolution gave rise to bureaucracy, hierarchy and the proliferation of ingenuity.
The first National Meeting of the American Librarians took place in 1853 and the first conference of librarians occurred in the same time and place as the Centennial Exposition of 1876. The first World’s Fair was held in the city of Brother Love concurrent with the convening of the first librarian conference. Our noble profession of freedom fighters and content creators advanced the cause of liberty and freedoms from the time of the founding fathers until today.
Not withstanding these times of incredible change, core values of ethics, service, knowledge and social responsibility underpin the mission of not only the profession but also our attempt to standardize and professionalize the practices of librarians in the field today and tomorrow. During summers from 1911-1929 courses were taught and by 1930 the first four course certificate was offered.
The early department was not unlike the university, a vehicle for education of professionals and reflective of Catholic Education. School Libraries were an early focus yet today it remains prominent in our curriculum.
Technology , Media and Computers then and now.
International Students made their mark on our campus, too.
And yes, in the early days, faculty meetings were recorded in library hand in a ledger.
Note the publications of the time.
Elizabeth W. Stone’s contribution to the elevation of the department to a school set the bar for excellence. And yet, she also had a significant impact as the American Library Association President who spearheaded the America Libraries Postage Stamp.
When we see this technology juxtaposed with today, it is incredible what has happened in such a short amount of time.
Today, Moore’s Law marks the centripetal force at which technology is shaping society.
The Library in Bits, Bytes, and Metadata.
Portals and one stop searching are now the norm.
The framework for the year………
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The school of library and information science celebrates
The School of Library and Information ScienceCelebrates Centennial and Thirtieth Anniversary in 2011 A CENTURY OF KNOWLEDGE, SERVICE AND DELIVERY: LIBRARY EDUCATION 1911-2011 MARIANNE E. GILTRUD, MSLS FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Why Commemorate the Centennial? 1876: American Library Association established 1887: Dewey Decimal System and Melvile Dewey July 2, 1911 : First Library Education Class taught at CUA. 1930 : Four Course Certificate offered 1931: Raganathan’s Five Law’s Published 1937: Department of Library Science Organized 1945: Department officially recognized by Board of Trustees 1960’s : Henriette Avram developed MARC record
The School of Library and Information Science January 1, 1981: Official Status of School led by Elizabeth Stone July 13, 1982: The American Libraries Postage Stamp Issued spearheaded by ALA President, Elizabeth Stone 2006: 25th Anniversary Tea