Graduate Research Papers


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University of Northern Iowa. Division of School Library Studies--History; Library education--Iowa--Cedar Falls--History;


The purpose of this research was to compile a descriptive chronological history of the Department of Library Science at UNI from 1948 through 1968. Faculty, curriculum, facilities, and influencing factors were particularly noted.

Information was obtained through personal interviews with faculty members from the period, interview-questionnaires, and a search of university Bulletins, budgets, correspondence, and Faculty Senate minutes. The facts gathered were then presented chronologically within the areas of curriculum, faculty, facilities, and other information. A separate section contained the comparison of the Department of Library Science at UNI with the general pattern of development of education for school librarians.

The faculty was found to be small in number throughout the period, and they had a positive influence on the department's growth. The number of courses offered increased little, but the content did change. Facilities grew with the department. Departmental requirements surpassed state certification requirements. The department's development did follow the pattern of development of school librarian education; it moved from a technical to a philosophical approach and then to the master's degree program.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Leah Hiland

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Martin

Date Original


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