LIS Education: Library Schools old and new

Fireworks - Ekka 2010 by Rachel Wray. Used with permission under CC BY-NC 2.0

Fireworks – Ekka 2010 by Rachel Wray. Used with permission under CC BY-NC 2.0

We know from history that librarianship has been around for many hundreds of years. Today we are taking a look at a couple of library schools that are having birthdays this year and highlighting some old and new LIS programs.

Celebrating 100 years of LIS Education in 2015 is the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Barcelona. The University put on a seminar on LIS education and research that attracted academics from around the globe.

Here in Australia, the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University is currently celebrating 40 years of providing LIS qualifications. The School is marking the anniversary with a series of alumni events around the country.

The School of Information and Library Science at the Pratt Institute in  New York City claims to be the oldest LIS school in the US. Meanwhile, in Malawi, formal LIS education has been around for just over 10 years, and an interesting paper presented at the recent IFLA Conference in South Africa examines the experience.

Where did you (or do you?) go to library school? We’d love to hear about it in the comments or via our usual social media channels using #interlibnet and #LibrarySchool to help us track it.


  1. I attended the only library school in Ghana; the University of Ghana, Legon from where I got my Diploma in Library Studies, B.A. Information Studies, and M.A. in Library Studies certificates.

  2. Clenda Wockner · · Reply

    Graduate Diploma in Education (Teacher-Librarianship) via distance learning from the University of South Australia. That has taken me through primary and secondary school libraries, to a corporate library and archive through to managing a small public library.

    1. That’s quite a journey 🙂

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