ERIC Number: ED400827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Surveying the Library Landscape: The Inspection Visits of the University of Illinois Library School. Occasional Papers No. 206.
Walker, Thomas D.
This paper documents the "inspection visit" program which existed at the University of Illinois library school between 1895 and 1948 whereby library school students would take extended "field trips" to nearby or even distant libraries. Topics include issues concerned with the visits themselves, their role in the library school curriculum, administration of the program, faculty participation, organizational concerns, racial concerns, student activities during and after the trips, and evaluation of the program by students. Additionally, the discussion briefly outlines the inspection visit programs of other library schools. The paper also seeks to demonstrate that the reasons for dropping the program at this particular school had little to do with the perceived value of the visits. By providing the students contact with diverse library settings and activities, the visits ensured the students a unifying perspective of the field, a movement toward acculturation or socialization into the profession. Appendices provide statistical data; guidelines for student visits; committee reports; memoranda; and a chronological list of unit visits. (Contains 49 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction, Learning Activities, Library Education, Library Schools, Library Services, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.