LHRT Virtual Meeting Coming Soon!

The virtual meeting for MidWinter for Library History Roundtable will be held on Thursday, January 12 at 11am EST.  Everyone is welcome to join the meeting, which will be conducted via Zoom.  You will be able to join the meeting using this link: https://zoom.us/j/659402708. I think it will prompt you to download an app and then join the meeting. We will have both video and audio capabilities.

–Dr. Ellen M. Pozzi, President, LHRT


Libraries: Culture, History, and Society Accepting Submissions for 2nd Issue

Libraries: Culture, History, and Society is now accepting submissions for our second issue, to be published in Fall 2017. A semiannual peer-reviewed publication from the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association and the Penn State University Press, LCHS will be available in print and online via JSTOR and Project Muse.

The only journal in the United States devoted to library history, LCHS positions library history as its own field of scholarship, while promoting innovative cross-disciplinary research on libraries’ relationships with their unique environments. LCHS brings together scholars from many disciplines to examine the history of libraries as institutions, collections, and services, as well as the experiences of library workers and users. There are no limits of time and space, and libraries of every type are included (private, public, corporate, and academic libraries, and special collections). In addition to Library Science, the journal welcomes contributors from History, English, Literary Studies, Sociology, Education, Gender/Women’s Studies, Race/Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Architecture, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, and other disciplines.

Submissions for volume 1, issue 2, are due February 24, 2017. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through LCHS’s Editorial Manager system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/LCHS/default.aspx. They must also conform to the instructions for authors at http://bit.ly/LCHScfp1. New scholars, and authors whose work is in the “idea” stage, are welcomed to contact the editors if they would like guidance prior to submission.

We are excited to see this journal become a reality. We welcome your thoughts as we establish a platform for studying libraries within their broader humanistic and social contexts.

For further questions, please contact the editors:
Bernadette Lear, BAL19@psu.edu
Eric Novotny, ECN1@psu.edu

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award


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Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award, named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history. The author of the selected dissertation will receive a certificate and five hundred dollars.

Eligibility and Criteria
The Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award is offered in odd-numbered years. Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible. Dissertations from 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 will be considered for the 2017 award.

Dissertations must be original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries during any period, in any region of the world. Entries are judged on clear definition of research questions and/or hypotheses, use of appropriate primary resources, depth of research, superior quality of writing, and significance of conclusions. The LHRT is particularly interested in dissertations that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and that make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and/or information studies.

Submissions and Selection
The winning dissertation will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee appointed by the LHRT vice chair/chair elect. The winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1st of the award year. A certificate honoring the author will be presented at the LHRT Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference.

Four paper copies of the dissertation and a letter of support from a faculty member at the degree-granting institution are required. Fax and e-mail submissions are not acceptable. Submissions must be received by January 20, 2017.  Please include contact information. Receipt will be confirmed within four business days.

Submit manuscripts and letter of support to

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

Further Information
The above information, as well as a list of previous winners, is available at



The 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award Committee

Sharon McQueen, Chair

Megan Browndorf
Georgetown University

J. Michael Hunter
Brigham Young University

Barry W. Seaver
Durham Technical Community College