LHRT News and Notes, the official 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.
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Stephen Knowlton and Margaret Bausman at the 2018 LHRT Research Forum. Constructed in 1967 and designed by Architect Charles Luckman with artwork done by Tom Van Sant, Inglewood Public Library was the largest intaglio sculpture on earth at its creation..enjoy the story and photos in our Library Chronicles section courtesy of Tommy Vinh Bui. Kirby Library at Lafayette College today. The Library preserves many of the same artifacts and architecture of the 1930s. Image courtesy of Ana Luhrs. Cass County Library Square Dance Class. Local libraries have served as centers for many community events. Image from ALA Archives https://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=200 American Library Association’s historic resolution, presented on the Council floor in 2018, apologizing for segregated libraries. Thanks to Andrew B. Wertheimer for the photos. Celebrating the desegregation of the New Orleans Public Library
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/desegregating-public-libraries/ Overdue in Paradise: The Library History of Palm Beach County book cover. Librarians, archivists, and support staff, led by academic librarian Janet DeVries Naughton and Technology Librarian Graham Brunk researched and wrote the 278-page book chronicling Palm Beach County’s library history. An excerpt from Mildred Rippey’s 1980 poem about the history of the Palisades Free Library. Find out more in Anya Berg’s post in the Celebrations section! Caption reads “Jan 9, 1854. Astor Library Opened” (From Life, January 7, 1892). Read more in Sarah Edwards Obenauf’s post “A Study in Patience and Fortitude” in our Library Chronicles section. Card from the first American Library Association conference in 1876, depicting the interior of a library. Image and caption from the American Library Association Archives https://archives.library.illinois.edu/alaarchon/index.php?p=digitallibrary/digitalcontent&id=640