Did you know that Illinois State University used to have its own library science program? Join ISU Archivist April Anderson Zorn on April 8 as she explores the Redbird history of the library science program as well as gives updates on program alumni.

The library science program at Illinois State (Normal) University existed for nearly 50 years, running from 1939 to 1985. At its height, the program had both a major and minor for school librarianship and instructional media. Although classes were taught by librarians from Milner Library, the library science program was based in the education department and later as part of the communication department. In 2006, a post-bachelor graduate certificate was created for students wanting to work in a school library.

Event Information

Meet Me at the Library: The History of the School Librarianship Program at Illinois State University
Thursday, April 8
1–2 p.m. via Zoom: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/96282496510

Join University Archivist April Anderson-Zorn as she explores the history of the school librarianship program at Illinois State University. Attendees will learn how Redbirds became school librarians, how the program changed from a degree to a certificate, and where some of our Redbird library alums are now. Photographs of campus locations and documents from the era will highlight the training of Redbird school librarians and the critical role they play in the classroom. The talk consists of a 45-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers.

This is a free event open to ISU students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and friends. If you need an accommodation to fully participate in the event, please contact Milner Library Director of Communication and Outreach Erin Link at ellink@ilstu.edu.