The Librarians of Institutes and Schools of Education (LISE)

Scope and Content

General Admin, Correspondence, Publications, Questionaires and Surveys, Conferences and Minutes from LISE

Administrative / Biographical History

The LISE (The Librarians of Institutes and Schools of Education) held their first meeting in 1951, which included 17 University institutions, including that of the London University of Education. The organisation itself wasn't officially established until 1954 becoming known as Librarians of Institutes of Education. In 1964 the organisation officially began to incorporate "schools" in 1964 and thus the name was changed to what we know it as today. LISE was established and used as a shared resource between institutions to discuss common interests and problems, enabling the creation of a universal guide to the use of Libraries within Education. In the 1990s membership expanded to include New University Schools of Education (those that were formerly Polytechnic Schools of Education). While the organisation disbanded in 2011 (due to poor attendance from 2000 onwards) LISE created the periodical index known as the British Educational Index which is now available on-line and is internationally recognised. LISE wrote and contributed to reports on issues concerning Education Libraries, including being involved in developing recommendations for standards for Education Libraries in response to the Robbins Report in 1963. The abolition of Area Training Organisation's in the 1970s was a big concern for LISE and they campaigned strongly to safeguard the specialist services offered by Specialist Education Libraries. During the 1980s much discussion for ISA members was focussed on coping with and reacting to financial cutbacks imposed on Universities.

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Custodial History

Resources were collected from Roy Kirk in June 2011, Claire Drinkwater in June 2011 and Warwick Modern Records Centre in July 2011.