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Historical Timeline

1911

First Full-time Program Established

Prior to the full-time program, a six-week summer course of library training was conducted to help prepare the untrained librarians of the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest.

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1914

New Department Director

William E. Henry is appointed director of the Department of Library Economy.

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1916

Library School

The Department of Library Economy in the College of Liberal Arts becomes the Library School.

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1920

Membership in the Association of American Library Schools

The Library School became a member of the Assocation of American Library Schools.

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1922

Founding of the University of Washington Library School

From an article written in 1922 by the Library School's first Director, William E. Henry: When I came to the University Library in 1906...

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1926

UW Included in First-Ever Round of ALA Accreditations

In 1926, the Department of Library Economy was accredited as a library school by the American Library Association. This was the first year of accreditations by the ALA, when they reviewed and accepted thirteen programs including the University of Washington. Seven of those programs are still actively educating librarians. The Information School's current Master of Library and Information Science program is now the oldest accredited program west of the Mississippi.

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1926

First Full-time Faculty Appointed

Ruth Worden was the first full-time faculty member appointed to the Library School.

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1931

New Certificate and New Director

The certificate in Library Work with Children is granted. Dean Henry retires and becomes dean emeritus. His faculty assistant, Ruth Worden, becomes the new director of the Library School.

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1932

Move to the Graduate School

The Library School becomes the Department of Library Science in the Graduate School

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1935

School of Librarianship

The name changed to School of Librarianship in the College of Arts & Sciences, but it remained a part of the Graduate School.

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1936

Margaret Herrick ('29) and the Academy of Motion Pictures

Margaret Herrick was the Academy of Motion Pictures librarian from 1936 to 1943, and served as the Academy's executive director from 1945 to 1971.

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1939

B.A. in Law Librarianship

The B.A. in Law Librarianship was added, but only graduate students were admitted.

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1945

New Director Recruited

Ruth Worden retires as director and Robert Gitler is recruited as the new director.

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1945

Mae Benne Remembers Bob Gitler

Bob Gitler arrived in 1945, at the end of the war. It might have been late in the year, and he left for the Japanese duty in 1950, as I believe. In later years I met Bob in California, through friends. (Dorothy Bevis was a close friend of both of us.) Bob was a gentleman of the old school. Even when he was crippled with arthritis, he would persist on standing when meeting a woman! When he returned from Japan, Irving Lieberman hired him to help the faculty develop a new

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1946

Role of the Librarian in Society Becomes New Curricular Focus

The period of time covered by World War II brought no radical changes in curriculum; however, in the 1946-47 academic year one notable change took place--the introduction of a course concerned with the role of the library in society. (Lieberman, 1981, p.

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1947

Favorite Memory: Robert Gitler and Harry Bauer

My entry into librarianship was not planned as a career choice. At the end of WWII I returned to the University of Washington where I had earned my degree in electrical engineering in the Naval College Training Program. I enrolled in the School of Commerce to study for what today would be called the MBA. In the Spring quarter of 1947 my advisor signed me up for 14 credits. I needed 15 to qualify for a full stipend from the GI Bill.

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1949

Erik Bromberg, BA 1949, interviewed by his daughter, Nicolette Bromberg

Carma Zimmerman was the woman who told Erik Bromberg to go to library school because men would rise to the top. He met her because after the war he and my mother were living on a stipend that was given to discharged soldiers. He got a job as a "contact officer" to work with disabled and other soldiers helping them get jobs and get back into life after the war. He started out working in Olympia and then was transferred to Spokane. He transferred back to Olympia after less than a year.

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1951

New Masters Program Launched

In the summer of 1951, after many years of scrutiny, the UW School of Librarianship instituted its new one-year (four-quarter) master's degree program. (Lieberman, 1981, p. 444) The first graduates of the new master's program were awarded the Master of Librarianship in June of 1952.

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1952

Gladys Boughton Appointed as Acting Director

Robert Gitler takes a leave of absence to direct the library school at Keio University in Japan. Gladys Boughton, professor of cataloging and classification, steps in as acting director.

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1952

M.Lib. Degree Program Offered for the First Time.

The master's of librarianship (M.Lib.) was added as a degree program.

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