Here there were Library Science Libraries.

Once library school libraries were gathering places for future librarians and most colleges or universities with LIS programs had subject bibliographers for the field. There was a Discussion Group in the ALA Library Education Division that was active and even published the proceedings of an Institute on the Role of the Library School Library in Education for Librarianship, May 2-4, 1971. The group moved from LED to ACRL and changed its name to“Librarians and Information Science Discussion Group” in 1999. It is now called the ACRL Library and Information Science (LIS) Collections Discussion Group and has an electronic discussion list for librarians who work with LIS collections and/or serve users in the area of LIS.
The Columbia School of Library Service closed in 1990 but its holdings can be remembered through the Dictionary catalog of the library of the School of Library Service Columbia University, 1962 [ followed in 1976 by a four-volume supplement.] Those buckram beauties of bright red filled with catalog entries done at the Mother Church were the object of wonder to those of us studying library science in the hinterlands.
Now the largest LIS collection in the U.S., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has announced the end of its physical manifestation on May 15, 2009.


Since this is the trend at many universities to decrease subject-specific libraries in order to consolidate some of the behind-the-scenes and administrative duties, it does not surprise me that the libraries for librarians are also undergoing similar processes.

In reality, librarians should be forced to use all libraries at a campus when they are learning.

Brian C. Gray

This strikes me as an immense paradox!

The Library School will be training librarians for an entity which no longer exists, the Library.

This borders on Theater of the Absurd.

I am aware, supportive of, and cognizant of the need, for our profession to remain up-to-date and current, but this decision just boggles the mind.

If a librarian does not have a library, is s/he still a librarian?

Huh? Most librarians would not be a librarian of a subject library that includes only library science materials anyways.

They are not getting rid of content. They are not stopping their purchasing in this area. They are only consolidating it with other subject-specific collections.

Brian C. Gray