How Have You Celebrated Your Library’s History?

LHRT News and Notes (, the official blog of the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table (LHRT), is seeking brief stories about how libraries around the world have commemorated their histories.

The stories can be informal and brief (fewer than 1500 words).  Stories should provide an overview of the commemoration, covering points such as what led the library to celebrate its history, how the effort was planned, the people involved, the results, and any suggestions for other libraries planning similar efforts.  Photos or videos are highly encouraged.

Stories about all types of libraries are welcome!

Submissions may cover a variety of library commemoration efforts:

  • Exhibits or displays
  • “Virtual exhibits” or videos
  • Events, such as lectures or receptions
  • Formal efforts to preserve or digitize historic artifacts that document a library’s history
  • Campaigns to collect oral histories about a library
  • Articles written in the popular press celebrating your library’s history
  • An in-house effort to publish a commemorative book, pamphlet, or special edition newsletter about your library’s past
  • Creation of commemorative items such as buttons, posters, pamphlets, etc.
  • Architectural creations or modifications in a new library designed to maintain the memory of a previous library building
  • Formal celebrations of the work of a former library staff member who made historic contributions to their library
  • Others

Stories accepted for publication will be showcased in a special section on the LHRT News and Notes blog.  In addition, authors may be encouraged to submit proposals for juried presentations for LHRT activities at future ALA conferences.

All submissions should be emailed to the LHRT News and Notes Editor, Brett Spencer,, by July 30th, 2018.  Inquiries are very welcome.  Please feel free to share this call widely.

We look forward to hearing about how your library has celebrated its history!

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