History Of School Media Centers

  • Jan 1, 1455

    Invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press

    Invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press
    The first book printed by Gutenberg was the Bible, a three-volume work completed ca. 1455
  • Period: Jan 1, 1455 to

    History of School Library Media Centers

    History of School Libraries
  • First Professionally Trained School Librarian

    Mary Kingsbury is often regarded as the first professional trained school librarian. Before 1900 schools had very few volumes of books.
  • ASSL Founded

    The origin of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is usually traced to the December 1914 American Library Association (ALA)
  • 1st Elementary School Library Standards Published

    Standards give guidelines on how something should function. The standards had little effect due to the fact that there were not many librarians at the time to help achieve the standards.
  • USSR Launches Sputnik 1 Satellite

    Fear that the USSR had surpassed the United States in technological applications, the US Congress passed legislation to increase funding in research, science, mathematics, and eventually the founding of NASA.
  • Standards for School Library Programs Published

    Updated previous standards for school library programs and helped to define the difference of a elementary school library from that of other libraries.
  • US Department of Education Publishes report on Status of US Libraries

    Authored by Mary Helen Hahar And Doris Holladay, this report presented the fact that over half of the elementary libraries in the the United States did not have an library. Many entities were sparked into action to aid in providing funding to public school libraries due to the report.
  • ESEA Act

    This legislatvie act, was passed as a result of many reports on the underfunding of school libararies. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act helped secure federal funds to support the building and expansion of school libraries.
  • Period: to

    Competition for Funding

    Faced with years of economic pressures, school libraries struggle for funding to continue to provide services in an ever changing role. Many libraries struggle to keep pace with the changing expectations of what services they provide.