2016 Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

The Library History Round Table has awarded Steven A. Knowlton the 2016 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th century librarian, historian and bibliographer who was also ALA’s first president.

Knowlton, an assistant professor of libraries collection management at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, received the award for his essay “Since I was a citizen, I had the right to attend the library: the key role of the public library in the civil rights movement in Memphis.” The jury remarked, “Out of several excellent submissions, this one was chosen because it was truly a gripping read. The paper is situated at the intersection of history, law, and civil rights, and is of both historical and current interest. It made excellent use of primary sources, including court documents and newspapers, and builds on existing work in the field.”

2016 Committee Members

Jenny Bossaller (Chair)

Catherine Oliver

Christopher Walker

Jamane Yeager


2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award

The winner of the 2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award is Steven Witt for ‘Agents of Change: The Rise of International Librarianship and the Age of Globalization’ in Library Trends vol. 62, no. 3 (2014) pp. 504-518. This award is presented biennially by the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table to recognize the best published article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history. While the primary focus of this article was the history of the American Library Association’s Paris Library School during the 1920s, the author placed this topic within the larger context of international librarianship and as a pre-cursor to present-day globalization. Witt’s methodology was grounded within an historical case study that was clearly laid-out. The author’s argument was clearly articulated and the objectives of his article were clearly defined and achieved. Witt did an excellent job of identifying prior contributors and theorists to the field of international librarianship and globalization and sometimes challenged their works with his own. The committee found Witt’s article to be the strongest of those submitted and worthy of receiving the Donald G. Davis Award.

Donald G. Davis Award Committee:

Andrew Huse, Chair

Dr. Sterling J. Coleman, Jr.

Tanya Ducker Finchum

David M. Hovde

Dr. Cheryl Knott Receives 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award

The Gleason Book Award Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to present the 2016 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award to Cheryl Knott, Associate Professor at the School of Information at the University of Arizona, for Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015). Presented every third year, the Gleason Award recognizes the best book written in English in the field of library history. First given in 2004, this award honors the professional contributions of Dr. Eliza Atkins Gleason, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Library Science (University of Chicago, 1940).

The Gleason Award Committee was impressed with the caliber of this year’s nominees.  Submissions included biographies, institutional studies, histories of particular periods and places, and far-reaching efforts to re-think historical paradigms.  The Committee would like to congratulate all the scholars making such important contributions to the field, and we would similarly like to thank the individuals who brought many of these works to our attention.

In Not Free, Not for All, Cheryl Knott delivers an illuminating account of the development and demise of separate public libraries for African Americans in the South during the era of segregation. She uses institutional records, contemporaneous secondary documents, primary sources and scholarly work in the fields of print culture and civil rights history to tell a complex story of goodwill and hostility between blacks and whites who valued libraries during the turbulent era of Jim Crow.

We congratulate Dr. Knott on her valuable contribution to the professional scholarship.

2016 Eliza Gleason Book Award Committee:

Renate Chancellor, Ph.D., MLIS, Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America, (Committee Chair)

Doug Campbell, MLS, MA, MDiv, Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries

Anne Henle, Head of Public Services, Western New Mexico University Library

Carol A. Leibiger, Ph.D., MSLIS, Associate Professor, University of South Dakota
Carole Nowicke, PhD, MLS, Reference Librarian, School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University

Library History Round Table Meetings and Programs Annual Conference Sessions: ALA Orlando, 2016

LHRT Executive Board Meeting

6/26/2016, 8:30AM – 10:00AM, HYATT – Columbia 37

Business meeting for the Library History Round Table.  Agenda forthcoming

 LHRT Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture

“History, Childhood, Memory, and Imagination”

6/26/16   10:30AM – 11:30AM, HYATT – Barrel Springs I

John Cech, Director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature & Culture at the University of Florida, will share insights from a lifetime researching children’s literature in his talk entitled “History, Childhood, Memory, and Imagination”.  Professor Cech was the Producer and Host of the Public Radio program, “Recess!,” (1998–2007). He is the author of Imagination and Innovation: The Story of Weston WoodsAngels and Wild Things; The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak, and the editor of American Writers for Children, 1900–1960.

 LHRT Research Forum

“History of Reading and Readers in Libraries”

6/26/2016, 1:00PM – 2:30PM, HYATT – Bayhill 27

  • Amy Breimaier:  Caleb Bingham’s Vision for America: A Case Study of the
    Youth’s Library 1806 Catalogue
  • Mary Carroll:  Exiled and isolated: Libraries in the early penal
    settlements of Van Dieman’s Land
  • Dr. Emily Knox:   “Dirty” Materials Out of Place: Inappropriate Books and
    Social Classification
  • Brian Shetler: “Never Read Any But Famed Books”: 19th Century Libraries
    and the Middlebrow Reader