Call for Reviews: New Titles in Library History


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.

Murphy, Sharon. The British Soldier and his Libraries, c. 1822-1901. Springer, 2016.

Yang, Yang. The Sage in the Cathedral of Books: The Distinguished Chinese American Library Professional Dr. Hwa-Wei Lee. Ohio University Press, 2016.

Raven, James.  What is the History of the Book? Polity, 2018.

Willinsky, John.  The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke.  University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Jarvis, Zeke.  Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America. Greenwood, 2017.

Breisch, Kenneth A.  American Libraries 1730-1950.  Norton, 2017.

English, Charlie.  The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures.  HarperCollins, 2017.

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.

Towsey, Mark, and Kyle B. Roberts.  Before the Public Library: Reading, Community, and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850.  Brill, 2017.

MacDougall, Ian.  Voices of Scottish Librarians: The Evolution of a Profession and its Response to Changing Times.  John Donald, 2017.

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.

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:

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 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,

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