Women’s Library and Information Center in Turkey

Raymond Pun, first year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno, has published the first Note in LHRT News and Notes!  You can read his essay about the inspiring work of the Women’s Library and Information Center in Turkey at https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/history-of-specific-libraries/  Thanks Mr. Pun!


Call for Submissions

Message from the Editor

Greetings!  My name is Brett Spencer, and I’m serving as the new editor for LHRT News and Notes.  I’m a reference librarian at the Thun Library at Penn State Berks.

Apologies for duplication if you have already seen some parts of my message on the LHRT listserv.

The LHRT News and Notes blog is officially accepting submissions for both news items as well as “Notes”–short, informal essays on library history.  Summations of works in progress, reviews, source notes, brief histories of specific libraries, biographical profiles, funny essays, and opinion pieces can all be submitted for consideration:


Anyone who has something to say about library history can submit.  Students are strongly encouraged to submit class papers.  Submissions can be emailed to me (dbs21@psu.edu) in a Word file.

Historic Library Photos
I wanted to extend a special thanks to Mr. Salvatore Victor De Sando and Ms. Cara Setsu Bertram at the ALA Archives for permitting the use of their photos and captions on the blog.  Each page of the blog features a different historic photo from their digital collections along with a link back to their site.

Request for Help

Please help me distribute this call for submissions to other relevant lists.  Hope to see a submission from you!

Best Wishes,
Brett Spencer, Editor

Reference Librarian

Penn State Berks

Email: dbs21@psu.edu

12th Australian Library History Forum

The beautiful State Library of Queensland, Australia was the site for 12th Australian Library History Forum on July 7-8 2016. The forum has been held intermittently since the first in 1984 was hosted by the School of Librarianship at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The forums were held again in 2007 after a 10 year hiatus.  The themes and locations of all forums are listed below with links to any subsequent publications. Papers from previous forums have appeared variously as proceedings, special journal issues and books.

Presentations from the 12th ALH forum have been made available via the Australian Library History Forum website.  The photographs from the event are available on Flickr and the twitter activity of the forum has also been captured and is available via Storify.

Title Location Year
Books, Libraries and Readers in Colonial Australia Monash University Melb 1984
Australian Library History Canberra CAE 1985
Australian Library History in Context University of NSW 1987
Peopling a Profession Monash University 1989
Libraries and Life in a Changing World University of NSW 1993
Instruction and Amusement Monash University, Melb Mel 1995
Coming Together RMIT, Melb. 1996
Unfinished Business State Library of NSW 2007
Collections Characters and Communities Swinburne University 2009
Buildings, Books and Blackboards: Intersecting narratives conference ANZHES(conference with RMIT, Melb. 2012
Libraries for the People State Library of NSW 2014
Diverse voices


State Library of QLD Queensland 2016

–Submitted by Mary Carroll, Course Director, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University