The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 52
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The School of Library and Informa-
tion Sciences was one of 60 in the Unit-
ed States and Canada with a master's
degree program approved by the Ameri-
can Library Association. All programs of
the school were fully accredited by ap-
propriate state, regional and national
agencies. Originally established in 1939,
courses had been offered since 1926.
With an 1990 enrollment of almost 400
students and a faculty of 14 full-time
members, it was the largest school of its
kind west of the Mississippi River.
The school provided a research focus
through the Center for Cognitive Styles
and Informatics where faculty research
served as a model for student research
and involvement in professional explora-
tion. The school was supported by a
Library and Information Sciences library
of 54,000 volumes and NT's main library
of almost two million volumes. It had
over 50 microcomputer work stations, a
microcomputer and an online lab. The
school also had an OCLC lab and a LAN
system with work stations in every ad-
ministrative and faculty member's office.
Story by DeLinda Spain
In addition, the school had a substantial
software library which supported in-
struction, research and administrative
According to Dr. Raymond Vondran,
dean, "Informatics is a vital part of our
economy. It makes the difference be-
tween success and failure, both eco-
nomically, politically and, unfortunately
if we had to, militarily." The school grew
86 percent in just two years, and gradu-
ated over 2,200 students in its 50 year
The school offered quite a range of
specializations from which students
could choose, including Academic and
Community College Libraries, Learning
Resource Centers, Public Libraries, and
Special and Corporate Libraries. Con-
centrations were also offered in services
and activities ranging from Biomedical
Information Services to Children and
Young Adult Services to Legal Informa-
tion Services. Vondran believed that
"Having the correct information at the
right time is a success or failure activity."
The school offered special lectures,
dinners and colloquials monthly in cele-
bration of NT's Centennial. Vondran's
goals for the next 100 years were to
educate librarians throughout the region.
According to Vondran, "We need to
continue to maintain a balance between
technology and the human aspect of in-
formation. We're going to continue to
do that in the next century."
Ihjong Park, a Library and Information
Sciences graduate student, begins work in
the ISB computer lab. Photo by Daniel
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