GRADUATE LIBRARY SCHOOL
September 13, 1971
I, as the guests here this afternoon, wondered whether the day would ever come, but it has. And I asked Dr. Jones, Dr. Davis, Dr. Guilds and Ken Toombs to meet today because these are the people that gave me the most support, moral and otherwise, last year while I was recruiting you all and I wanted you to have the chance to meet them and for you all to meet the group. I am sure we can identify them all, but for the sake of my faculty, this Dr. Davis, Dr. Davis is Vice-President for Graduate Advanced Studies and Research, Dr. Guilds, Vice-Provost, Ken Toombs is Director of Libraries and you all know Dr. Jones, President of the University. Nancy Burge is the one that has been responsible for curriculum in Library Science in the College of Education, Cam Moore is our Graduate Research Assistant with Orientation in Psychology; Bob Bell is our new faculty member finishing up his doctorate at Berkeley; Sue Hardin has been working with Nancy Burge in College of Education, teaching undergraduate curriculum; Jean Rhyne is our new Librarian for Library Science coming to us from the Knoxville Public Library System. Katherine Cveljo is finishing her doctorate at Case Western Research University and Skip Atkinson was member of the College of Education faculty last year but we recruited him for Library Science instead of Instructional Communications. Elspeth Pope is new on our faculty this year and finishing her doctorate at Pittsburgh. That's Miss Virginia Patterson, my secretary, over there in the corner. This is Mr. Bill Summers, my Assistant Dean.
Now, since Dr. Jones has probably mastermind the reason we're here, I thought he would like to say something on why a Graduate Library School or otherwise give us some advice on what we ought to do since we just got the School of Social Work going.
Dean Yenawine, ladies and gentlemen, there's so much to be talked about but let me say that it's been a dream for quite a few years to have a school of Library Science here at the University. We're in a relatively low verbal culture in South Carolina. We have to face that as one of the boundary conditions which we started.
We hope in ten years, twenty years, 100 years, whatever it might be to change that and the proper use of handling of resource materials will, I believe have a great deal to do with dissolving this regional handicap. Now, I don't mean we're alone in this handicap. If you go out to the Midwest in the farming area you'll find young people who are raised up talking to tractors tend to have low verbal abilities from talking to tractors because tractors don't talk back. You find it, of course, hard. . . .