Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science Reports
Date (inclusive): 1959-1980
Record Series number: 258
Creator: UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Extent: 14 boxes (6.75 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections. University Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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In 1930, when the Depression was about to force the closure of the Los Angeles Public Library's librarianship training program,
City Librarian Everett R. Perry proposed to UC President Robert Gordon Sproul and Regent Edward Dickson that a library school
be established at UCLA. Regent Dickson, a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Public Library, favored
the plan. However, President Sproul opposed the program's transfer to UCLA. Eventually, in 1936, a School of Library Service
was established at the University of Southern California.
By 1935 the School of Librarianship at UC Berkeley had begun to move toward a statewide program by offering the first semester
of library school in two successive summers at UCLA. The program was suspended during World War II and discontinued after
the war. When Lawrence Clark Powell became University Librarian in 1944, Regent Dickson once again prevailed on him to go
forward with plans for a library school. Powell resisted, saying that UCLA was not yet in a position to support an accreditable
library school. In 1948, a pre-librarianship curriculum was developed at UCLA. The program did not offer undergraduate degrees
in librarianship; its purpose was to prepare students for admission to graduate library programs elsewhere.
By 1951, Powell felt that neither USC nor Berkeley could adequately meet the increasing need for librarians in Southern California.
In 1952, Powell pursuaded the University of California Library Council to authorize a survey by Robert Leigh, a Columbia University
sociologist, on the need for a state-supported library school in Southern California. The survey recommended that the library
school at USC should be transferred back to a state-supported institution if USC could not, by tuitions and endowments alone,
continue to maintain it as a major library school. Nevertheless, the Regents decided in 1955 to freeze any more UCLA Library
School planning for the next five years.
In 1958, the freeze was lifted, and the final Regents' approval for the UCLA Library School came in December of 1958. During
a planning year, 1959-1960, a faculty was recruited and preparations were made for the first class of 55 students. In September
of 1960, Powell resigned as University Librarian in order to serve as Dean of the School. In 1966, Powell retired, and he
was succeeded by Andrew Horn, who served until 1974. In 1975, Horn was succeeded by Robert Hayes, who served as Dean until
1988. The School was first accredited by the American Library Association in June of 1962. The School was re-accredited
under the 1972 ALA standards in 1975.
The School originally offered a Master of Library Science degree (MLS) requiring one year of study. In January 1965 a second
degree, Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) was approved and added to the School's program. When the University
switched to the quarter system in 1966, the normal course of study leading to the MLS degree was lengthened from two semesters
and a summer session to four full quarters. (1 1/2 years) In 1968, the University's calendar changed again, with summer quarter
replacing the traditional summer session, and the MLS degree was awarded after four consecutive quarters. By 1973, the University
had reverted to a three-quarter calendar; when the University's calendar changed, the School expanded the MLS program to two
full years (6 quarters). UCLA was the first library school in the country to require two full years for the library degree.
In 1974, the MSIS degree was merged with the two-year MLS degree and no longer awarded as a separate degree. In 1977, the
School established a Ph.D. program in Library and Information Science.
Deans of the School:
- Beverly P. Lynch (1989- )
- Diana M. Thomas (acting, 1988-89)
- Robert M. Hayes (1974-1988)
- Andrew H. Horn (1966-1974) (for bio, see IN MEMORIAM 1986)
- Lawrence Clark Powell (1960-1966)
- Centennial Record of the University of California, pp. 346-347, Lawrence Clark Powell, THE UCLA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIBRARY
AND INFORMATION SCIENCE: ITS ORIGINS AND FOUNDING (GSLIS 1985)
- Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Reports, 1959-1980 (Series 258), Boxes 1-3 (ALA Committee on Accreditation
Scope and Content
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Reports, 1959-1980, contains the following:
- American Libary Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (Reports) 1966-1974
- Annual Reports 1959-1979
- Cumulative Reports 1966-1980
- Fellowship Proposals - Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) 1967-1971
Folders consist of the following GSLIS publications:
Information Circular: A numbered series, each number updated or revised as nesessary. Information Circulars contain information for applicants
and students regarding application requirements, degree requirements, programs, course descriptions, etc. supplementing information
in official University publications. Distribution: upon request and enclosed in answers to letters of inquiry. A complete
set of Information Circulars is filed, for reference use by students, in the SLS Lab Collection.
SLS Bulletin: A numbered annual series (i.e., new numbering begins each academic year). The Bulletin carries news, notices of visits by
recruiters or others, announcements of positions open, the weekly calendar, etc. Students as well as staff members may submit
copy for it; but the SLS Students Association will be provided its own duplicating machine by the School so that students
may publish a bulletin of their own, if they wish, free of the restraints (i.e. approval of the Dean) on information included
in the SLS Bulletin. Distribution: faculty, departmental staff, students; reference copy filed in the SLS Lab Collection.
Departmental Announcements & Memoranda: A numbered annual series which contains official memoranda and announcements to students and/or staff members. Calls to
departmental meetings (with agenda) and minutes of departmental meetings appear in this series. It is recommended that each
student and staff member retain a file for reference, discarding the file when the new annual numbering begins. Distribution:
faculty, departmental staff, students; reference copy filed in the SLS Lab Collection.
Working Papers: Recommendations and Proposals: A numbered annual series which contains written background information statements and proposals to be discussed in departmental
meetings and also, when requested, in general convocations. Their purpose is to save time in meetings, and to provide needed
information for discussions leading to major decisions. Usually they will lead to announcements and memoranda, or new policies
and procedures. Students and staff members may submit working papers. Distribution: faculty, departmental staff; reference
copy filed in the SLS Lab Collection.
Departmental Policies and Procedures: A numbered series issued as needed on administrative matters, by the Dean, to clarify points of confusion and to assure consistent
handling of routine business. All departmental policies and procedures are subject to review, discussion and revision in departmental
and faculty meetings. Decisions on administrative policy and procedure often cannot wait for discussion in formal meetings;
however, all decisions made by the Dean are subject to review by University administrative officials, the Academic Senate,
the Department, and the Faculty. Students are also entitled to examine the written policies and procedures, and may wish to
address petitions regarding them to the Executive Committee of the Faculty.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- American Library Association (ALA) - Committee on Accreditation (Boxes 1-2).
- Annual Report (Boxes 2-3).
- Cumulative Report (Boxes 3-13).
- Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) - Fellowship Proposals (Box 13).
- Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) - Fiscal Narrative Reports (Box 14).