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It is ridiculous that the Borough Librarian of Croydon should decide the policy of the Scottish Education Department: the establishment of Scotland's second library school.

Reid, Peter H.

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In the middle of the 1960s, amid concerns about the direction of professional education in Scotland and problems with the number of places available for those to wishing to study librarianship, there emerged a strongly nationalistic debate surrounding proposals to establish a second school of librarianship in Scotland. The process of establishing that second school at Robert Gordons Institute of Technology in Aberdeen became protracted and fraught with difficulties. It was characterized by disputes and misunderstandings between the Library Association and the Scottish Library Association. Many of these differences of opinion took on a distinctly nationalistic quality and the debate within the library community at the time can be said to offer wider, allegorical lessons for the changing political landscape between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. This article outlines this debate, principally from the perspective of the members of Scottish librarianship community. It draws extensively on a hitherto private archive of correspondence of those directly involved.

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REID, P.H. 2012. It is ridiculous that the Borough Librarian of Croydon should decide the policy of the Scottish Education Department: the establishment of Scotland's second library school. Library and information history [online], 28(4), pages 257-271. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1179/1758348912Z.00000000018

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2012
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2012
Publication Date Dec 31, 2012
Deposit Date Dec 5, 2012
Publicly Available Date Dec 5, 2012
Journal Library and information history
Print ISSN 1758-3489
Electronic ISSN 1758-3497
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Pages 257-271
DOI https://doi.org/10.1179/1758348912Z.00000000018
Keywords Librarianship education; Library schools; Scottish Library Association; Scotland; Professional education; Nationalism; Library Association
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/780

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