Call for Reviews: New Titles in Library History

Hello,

I hope your spring has started well!

Have you compiled your summer reading list yet?  Libraries: Culture, History & Society,  the official peer-reviewed journal of ALA’s Library History Round Table, is hoping to find reviewers who could submit a review, roughly by the end of the summer, on one of the following books:

Devereaux, Peter, and The Library of Congress.  The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures.  Chronicle Books, 2017.
https://www.amazon.com/Card-Catalog-Books-Literary-Treasures/dp/1452145407/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493671341&sr=1-1

Murphy, Sharon. The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901. Springer, 2016.
http://www.palgrave.com/it/book/9781137550828

Yang, Yang. The Sage in the Cathedral of Books: The Distinguished Chinese American Library Professional Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee. Ohio University Press, 2016.
https://www.amazon.com/Sage-Cathedral-Books-Distinguished-Professional/dp/096676448X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1493733037&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Raven, James.  What is the History of the Book? Polity, 2018.
https://www.amazon.com/What-History-Book/dp/0745641628/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524855485&sr=1-1&keywords=%22history+of+publishing%22&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250227011

Willinsky, John.  The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke.  University of Chicago Press, 2018.
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/I/bo26774023.html

Jarvis, Zeke.  Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America. Greenwood, 2017.
https://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOGreenwood/product.aspx?pc=A5060C

Breisch, Kenneth A.  American Libraries 1730-1950.  Norton, 2017.
http://books.wwnorton.com/books/American-Libraries-1730-1950/

English, Charlie.  The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures.  HarperCollins, 2017.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-book-smugglers-of-timbuktu-the-quest-for-this-storied-city-and-the-race-to-save-its-treasures-by-charlie-english-2m5tsq0xz

Barndt, Kerstin & Carla M Sinopoli.  Object Lessons & the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, & Collections 1817-2017.  University of Michigan Press, 2017.
https://www.press.umich.edu/9207853/object_lessons_and_the_formation_of_knowledge

Towsey, Mark, and Kyle B. Roberts.  Before the Public Library: Reading, Community, and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850.  Brill, 2017.
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004348677

MacDougall, Ian.  Voices of Scottish Librarians: The Evolution of a Profession and its Response to Changing Times.  John Donald, 2017.
https://www.birlinn.co.uk/Voices-of-Scottish-Librarians.html

Rico, Christophe, and Anca Dan.  The Library of Alexandria : A Cultural Crossroads of the Ancient World : Proceedings of the Second Polis Institute Interdisciplinary Conference.  Polis Institute, 2017.
https://www.amazon.com/Library-Alexandria-Crossroads-Conference-Proceedings/dp/9657698103

LCHS publishes evaluative reviews that complement the scholarly journal’s mission to situate libraries within their broader historical context.  Book reviews do not undergo peer review, the Editors make a decision about whether to publish.  The reviews are usually 500-1000 words.  The LCHS Journal site lists the full book review guidelines on page 6 of the Submission Guidelines:http://www.editorialmanager.com/LCHS/account/LCHS%20Author%20Submission%20Guidelines.pdf

Whether you are an experienced library history scholar or a newcomer to the field, writing reviews is a great way to participate in the conversations surrounding our libraries’ past.

If you would be interested in reviewing any of these titles, please email me at dbs21@psu.edu. I can usually arrange for the publisher to send the reviewer a free copy of the book.  If you know of other new titles in library history that you might like to review, please email me.

Best Wishes,
Brett

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