Department of Library and Information Studies Records
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- 1931 - 2021
- Department of Library and Information Studies (Organization)
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Biographical or Historical Information
In 1962, the Department of Library Science and Information Studies returned to UNCG under the title Department of Library Science and Education Technology. At that time a new graduate level library education program to train school media specialists was established. A master's program was approved in 1965 but did not award its first Master of Library Science degree until 1978. The graduate program was accredited by the American Library Association in 1982 and was most recently reaccredited in 2005. In 1989, the program changed its name to the Department of Library and Information Studies.
Mary Frances Kennon Johnson served as Department Chair from 1969-1979 and was instrumental in integrating microcomputers into the program's curriculum. She was replaced by Dr. Kieth Wright who served as Chair until 1986. He helped to lead the department towards ALA accreditation in 1982. Marilyn Miller succeeded him and served until 1995. Under her leadership, the department established a distance education program which was the first in the state to offer an entire Master's via a remote satellite campus. Miller also served as president of the American Library Association during 1992-1993.
Following Marilyn Miller's retirement in 1995, Marilyn Shontz served a one-year term as Interim Chair of the Department. Dr. Kieth Wright returned for a three-year term as Department Chair from 1997-2000. During this time a search was opened for a new chair and Dr. Lee Shiflett was appointed Chair of the Department in 2001, serving as Chair until 2009. Dr. Clara Chu was appointed Chair of the Department in 2009.
6.70 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
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The records of the Department of Library and Information Studies contain correspondence, memorandums, brochures, minutes, annual reports, course proposals, surveys, reports, self studies, cassettes, VHS tapes, and an archive of the department's website which document the activities of the Department from 1931-2015.
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