School of Library and Information Science

The Library Science and Audio Visual Education Program was founded in 1964 as the Instructional Materials Program. Florence Clearey served as its first coordinator. Dr. Alice Smith became program director in the following year and served in that capacity for the next 20 years. Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, the program received accreditation from the American Library Association. Faculty members who were instrumental in the development of this program included: Dr. Celia Anderson, Dr. Richard Reynolds, Dr. Jean Gates, Dr. Gerald Barkholz, Dr. Thomas Wilson, and Dr. John Knego. In 1986, under the leadership of Dr. John McCrossan, the program became known as the School of Library and Information Science in the College of Education. Since 1992, it has been housed under the College of Arts and Sciences.

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