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American Library Association (ALA) established.

1887 Dewey establishes Library School of Economy at Columbia College in New York City.

1890 Pratt Institute Library School established in Manhattan.

1891 Drexel Institute Library School established in Philadelphia.

1897 Armour Institute establishes library school in Chicago

1901 Carnegie Library Training School established in Pittsburgh

1905 Carnegie Library Training School established in Atlanta

1905 Merica Hoagland founds the Indiana Library School.

1906 First Master of Library Science degree conferred.

1913 Indiana Library School closes its doors.

1915 Association of American Library Schools founded. Changed its name to the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) in 1983.

1925 Minimum requirements for accreditation of library schools developed.

1926 University of Chicago Graduate Library School founded.

1930 First organized library science curriculum at Indiana University, a program for the preparation of school librarians, was offered by the School of Education

1948 ALA Midwinter Conference recommends professional librarians be trained only at graduate level and technicians only outside universities.

1964 ALA Office for Library Education founded.

Passet, Joanne. "The Open Door of Opportunity:" The Indiana Library School and its Students, 1905 - 1912." Libraries and Culture, 23:4 (Fall 1988) pp. 474-492.
Wilson, Anthony M. and Robert Hermanson. "Educating and Training Library Practitioners: A Comparative History with Trends and Recommendations - Includes Appendix on History of Library Education." Library Trends 46:3 (Winter 1998) pp. 467-504.
1930 information from the IUPUI SLIS page at