LHRT Events at the 2017 American Library Association Conference

The Library History Round Table events now appear on the ALA conference agenda!  Access the agenda here:


Dr. Kathy Peiss will deliver the Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture, focusing on “the unusual involvement of librarians, learned and often ingenious individuals, who unexpectedly found themselves running intelligence operations, gathering enemy documents, confiscating Nazi literature, and restituting looted books” during  the WWII era.  Dr. Peiss is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania.  I invite you to read over her scholarly profile listing her publications and other accomplishments; it is exceptional. She is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians, serving on the executive board of that group, and the recipient of a host of fellowships and awards.  LHRT members can look forward to an intriguing lecture from one of the leading American social history scholars!

The LHRT Research Forum this year is entitled “Alternative Literacies and Libraries: Historical Perspectives.”  This year’s Forum sounds particularly fascinating.  While past authors in library history have concentrated on reading literacy and libraries, the Forum panelists will illuminate libraries’ roles in other types of literacy:

Dr. Lisa O’Connor will present “The Narrow Conception of Financial Literacy: Why It Must Change.” Dr. O’Connor is the chair of the Library and Information Studies Program at UNC-Greensboro, author of over 30 publications, creator of the famous Project SAILs, and the editor of Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship.

Dr. Dominique Daniel, will present “Developing Labor Literacy: The UAW Libraries and Workers’ Education in the 1930s and 1940s.”  At Oakland University, Dr. Daniel is Associate Professor at Kresge Library, Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages, and Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections.  The recipient of numerous numerous awards and honors, she has published prolifically in both English and French on a range of LIS and history topics, including several works about the intersections of ethnicity and archival science.

This is a splendid agenda featuring some of library history’s most renowned scholars talking about path-breaking research.  Stay posted to the blog and the ALA conference agenda for updates and changes…





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