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Most of the Indiana Library School students were from Indiana. However 26% came from twelve other states. The educational entrance requirements were not high for the Indiana Library School. The surviving records indicate that almost all of the students were at least high school graduates when they entered library school.
After graduation, Merica Hoagland was very involved in trying to find positions for her students. Other library school directors during this time were also very involved in the placement of their students.
Merica Hoagland was very much influenced by the Progressive era. She was a reformer in many ways. One of her hopes was that she could admit the daughters of working class people and help them to attain upward mobility. But Merica found that these women did not have the connections to other people that they needed in order to obtain certain library positions. Many times the daughters of working class people were high school graduates who lacked the polish of their fellow students from middle class and upper class backgrounds. The working class students had not traveled as much and had not read the same books as students from the middle and upper classes. Merica was hoping that her working class students could overcome their background quickly. This was something that they were not able to do in a one year course of study.

Social Class Backgrounds of Indiana Library School Graduates
White Collar
67%
Blue Collar
33%

When one looks more closely at what the Indiana Library School graduates did after graduation it is evident that several of them did well in their work. The Indianapolis Public Library employed at least eleven of the graduates. One woman named Ethel Cleland organized the business branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Another graduate, Florence Jones, became the head of the reference department of the central library in Indianapolis.

Indiana Library School Statistics