Welcome to LHRT News and Notes, the blog of the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association.

Our blog includes news about the Round Table’s conferences, calls for papers, award announcements, and other items of interest from the world of library history.

The blog also features “notes”—short, informal essays about the people, themes, and collections in the history of libraries.

We encourage you to consider submitting a news item or an essay to LHRT News and Notes.  The blog considers submissions from anyone, whether or not they are part of LHRT.  Students, faculty, librarians, historians, and anyone with something to say about library history are all encouraged to submit.  If you have an idea for a post, please email our team at lhrtnewsandnotes@gmail.com.

Join our conversation about the fascinating history of libraries!  —Editor, Brett Spencer

  • People opening the drawer of a card catalog and pointing to the call number of the spine of a book.
  • a medieval manuscript with old font and a drawing of a dragon head at the bottom
  • A crowd of people at rows of tables with laptops. Two large screens in fron of the audience. A panelp of people at the front of the room.
  • Examples of artwork by Van Sant, etchings of a whale, the word Neno, a bird, and other images resembling Egyptian hieroglyphics.
  • A newspaper cartoon depicting a man with a top hat standing at the door of a library with a stunned look on his face. A person at the door waves a bat at him. A sign next to the door says "This Library Open Every Other Monday From 9:58am to 10am. A caption reads "Jan 9, 1854. Astor Library Opened" 'From Life, January 7, 1892
  • A yellowish pamphlet showing the interior of a library with chairs and books, and calligraphic ALA 1876 written under the image
  • a white cake with blue numbers 75 at the top along with green leaves
  • Rare books, photo of historic library, pens, check out cards, against Florida flora backdrop
  • Two speakers smiling and sitting at a black table surrounded by microphones.
  • Group of about 9 LHRT members having dinner in a restaurant
  • An excerpt from Mildred Rippey's 1980 poem
  • A brown, wooden card catalog with brass handles
  • Actor "Mr. T.," who played Stallone's boxing opponent in Rocky III, tells library patrons how reading can influence their lives.

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