Harold B. Lee Library. Learning Resource Centers Dept.

The Learning Resource Centers Department (1973-1978) existed to coordinate the efforts of LRCs across campus to provide out-of-class, non-print, educational material to students

Several learning resource centers were scattered across BYU campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1973, a special committee recommended that all LRCs be put under the direction of a single entity to coordinate LRC efforts. In late 1973, the Learning Resource Centers Department was created. It reported to the Library Director until 1976, when the department was made a part of the Library Learning Resources Division upon its creation. In 1978, control of all LRCs was transferred to the McKay institute.

Ted C. Hindmarsh was the first department chair (1973-1976). He was promoted to division head in 1976; at that time, Sam Burggraaf became department head.

The Learning Resource Centers were designed to enhance the quality of a BYU education by providing non-print resources that professors could send students to view or listen to outside of class.

Variant names

Harold B. Lee Library. LRC

Harold B. Lee Library. Learning Resource Centers

Harold B. Lee Library. Dept. of Learning Resource Centers


Established: 1973

Abolished: 1978

Location: Provo, Utah (1973-1978)


The Learning Resource Center provided instructional media and alternative instructional strategies for out-of-class experiences for students. Each Learning Resource Center had a coordinator that helped faculty understand these alternatives to printed instructional aides. The Learning Resource Center in the Library had a comprehensive record tape library, a computerized 120-channel audio dial access informational retrieval system. Audio tapes of forums and devotionals were also available in the Library's LRC. The department consisted of Instructional Graphics, Instructional Systems, and Audio-Visual Services.

Assets and Administrative Structure

When the Learning Resource Centers Department was established the department chair reported to the Assistant Director in charge of Public Services, later, The department reported to the Library Director's office 1973-1976, when it became a department in the Library Learning Resources Division.

Coordinators of the individual LRCs reported to the department chair. Each LRC operated autonomously under the coordinator of that LRC.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library. Public Services (1973)

Superior unit: Harold B. Lee Library (1973-1976)

Associated unit: Brigham Young University. Division of Learning Resources (1974-1976)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Division of Learning Resources (1976)

Later unit: Brigham Young University. Learning Services (1978)

Later unit: Brigham Young University. Media Services (1978)

Later unit: David O. McKay Institute (1978)

Associated Archival Materials

Harold B. Lee Library Annual Reports (UA 1015)


Biennial And Annual Reports, 1973-2001: (est. 1973 and abolished in 1978, under library director from 1973-1976 and then Library Learning Resources Division 1976-1978; department head Ted C. Hindmarsh, 1973-1976; department head Sam Burggraaf, 1976-; variant names LRC, Learning Resource Centers, Dept. of Learning Resource Centers; coordination function)

Harold B. Lee Library Records Brigham Young University Library Services 1975, pg. 3-4: (Services and functions of the LRC, media, tapes, alternative instructional aides, etc.)

Learning Resource Centers Department Annual Report, pg. 1: (Administration reported to Director of Public Services, then Director of Libraries)

Maintenance Information

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