Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award: Call for Papers (Applications must be received by February 15, 2016)

Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award: Call for Papers

The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history.  The award is named in honor of the distinguished nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer who was also ALA’s first president. It consists of a certificate and a $500 cash award, as well as an invitation to have the winner’s essay considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of History. If the winning essay is accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.


Manuscripts submitted should not be previously published, previously submitted for publication, or under consideration for publication or another award. To be considered, essays should embody original historical research on a significant topic in library history, be based on primary sources whenever possible, and use good English composition and superior style. The Library History Round Table is particularly interested in works that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies. Essays should be organized in a form similar to that of articles published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, with footnotes, spelling and punctuation conforming to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers should not exceed thirty-five typewritten, double-spaced pages (plus footnotes and bibliography).

Submissions and Selection

Applicants must send five copies of the manuscript or submit electronically. The name and other information identifying the author should appear only on a separate cover letter. Applications must be received by February 15, 2016. Receipt will be confirmed within four business days.

Submit manuscripts to:

LHRT: Justin Winsor Award Committee
Office for Research and Statistics
American Library Association
50 East Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

or send files electronically to:


with Subject line: LHRT: Justin Winsor Award Committee




CFP: IFLA Library History Special Interest Group and the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, Theme: “Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives”

Library History Special Interest Group, Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, in co-operation with the American Library Association Library History Round Table


The IFLA Library History Special Interest Group and the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section , invite proposals for papers to be presented at their joint session on “Libraries and Immigrants: Historical Perspectives” during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA, 13-19 August 2016.

Much has been and is being written about current experiences of libraries and immigrants to our lands. But what of past experiences, and of lessons learnt from the history of our libraries as they welcomed early immigrants to our countries and assisted them to settle and enjoy their new lives?   In some countries this history would be very long, and we are hoping with the international composition of IFLA, we will hear of historical experiences from around the globe as such activity fits well with the overall theme for the 2016 IFLA Conference: Connections. Collaboration. Community.

Submission guidelines

  1. Your paper might be the result of an historical research project, or describe the historical experiences of your own library. Selection of papers is based on the abstract (up to 500 words) which should consider:
    1. how it relates to the theme of the session;
    2. a description of the historical approach to the topic;
    3. lessons learnt from the historical experience/s;
    4. interesting discoveries from the historical experience/s;
    5. if a research project, implications and outcomes for library practice and any research limitations;
    6. other matters of relevance and importance to the topic.
  2. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. Fax or post (please contact Kerry Smith for postal details) should be used only as a last resort.
  3. Please email your abstract to:
    Dr Kerry Smith
    Convenor, IFLA Library History SIG
    Email: kerrylib@westnet.com.au
    Phone/fax +61 8 9385 9119
  4. If your abstract is selected, your paper should be of 20 pages maximum, double spaced.
  5. As it is expected that our session will be conducted in English, all proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English.
  6. Depending on the number of submissions accepted, we are expecting that up to 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper at the Conference; the full written paper is *not* to be read. It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element using presentation software such as PowerPoint.
  7. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the abstract and the paper.

 Important Dates

  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract and full author details including email contact is 31st January 2016. Each abstract will be reviewed by members of the Library History Special Interest Group and co-sponsoring groups.
  2. Authors will be notified whether they have been successful or not, by 31 March 2016.
  3. The full paper is due on 31st May 2016 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere.


All abstracts must be received by 31 January 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Columbus, Ohio. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

CFP – “History of Reading and Readers in Libraries” Library History Round Table (LHRT) Research Forum, June 2016 – DEADLINE: January 31, 2016

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks papers for its Research Forum at the 2016 ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida June 23-28, 2016. The theme of the Forum will be the history of reading in libraries (public, academic, and school). Subjects may include—but are not limited to—historical studies of:

•    Reading, readers, and gender in libraries
•    Meanings of reading in libraries
•    Reading so-called ‘good’ books (nonfiction and serious literature) vs. reading for pleasure
•    Appropriate and inappropriate books; censoring reading and readers
•    Role of the library in developing a reading canon
•    What did reading in libraries look like for children, women, men, immigrants?
•    What type of material did libraries actually provide, and was it what readers wanted?
•    Developing readers through genre fiction, literacy programs, children’s story hours, books for immigrants (English or foreign language).

LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners. Proposals are due by midnight (PST) on Jan. 31, 2016.  Each proposal must give the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the scholar’s one-page vita. Also, please indicate whether the research is in-progress or completed. It is desirable that the abstract include a problem or thesis, as well as a statement of significance, objectives, methods/primary sources used for the research, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress).

From the submissions, the LHRT Research Committee will select several authors to present their completed work at the Forum.  So that the Forum’s facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 12, 2016. The Research Forum will likely occur on Sunday, June 26, 2016. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at http://www.ala.org/.


Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:
Ellen Pozzi
LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair
William Paterson University
1600 Valley Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
Telephone: 973-720-3784
E-mail: pozzie@wpunj.edu