Saturday, August 23, 2003

A Brief History of Library Instruction in the United States of America

A Brief History of Library Instruction in the United States of America As I enjoy this last weekend before classes begin on campus, I take a moment to reflect on those who helped create library instruction as we know it today in the USA. They have helped instruction librarians everywhere by their labors in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

First paragraph, "It is likely that librarians have always to a limited degree been involved in classroom teaching. For example, it is hard to imagine that the librarians at the Great Library of Alexandria did not assemble from time to time small groups of students and visiting scholars and instruct them on the proper handling and use of the valuable scrolls that resided there. Throughout most of history librarians have been members of other professions (the clergy and scholars of various disciplines) who took on the additional duty of maintaining the library collection of their institutions. It is highly likely that these individuals introduced library concepts into their regular lectures pertaining to their area of expertise. Unfortunately, no written record appears to exist detailing how library instruction in the classroom was carried out or how often it was conducted." Full article at http://www.libraryinstruction.com/lihistory.html.