This collection documents the school’s administration, curriculum, and development of a statewide distance education program.
The records consist of correspondence, administrative documents pertaining to accreditation, documents pertaining to curriculum,
agendas for campus committee meetings, flyers for student programs and events, newsletters, brochures for conferences and
workshops, videotapes, and photographs.
Started in 1929, the university’s Library Science Department originally focused on the education of school librarians. A
Master's degree in Library Science program was created in 1954 and accredited by the American Library Association in 1969.
The school began its distance education program in the late 1980s, initially offering classes at California State University,
Fullerton, in 1989 and then expanding to other sites throughout Southern California, including Pasadena Public Library, California
State University, Northridge, and California State University, San Marcos. As technology advanced, SJSU’s Master’s of Library
and Information Science Program became a pioneer in online education, becoming a fully online program by 2009.
(17.5 linear ft.)
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives. All requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions
also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational
This collection is open for research.