About

People opening the drawer of a card catalog and pointing to the call number of the spine of a book.
Getting Acquainted with the Catalog, Cleveland Public Library, 1939. Image and caption from American Library Association Archives

The Library History Round Table is part of the American Library Association. The Round Table was established in 1947 to facilitate communication among scholars and students of library history, to support research in library history, and to be active in issues, such as preservation, that concern library historians.

The Round Table sponsors conferences, publishes a blog as well as a peer-reviewed journal, and presents a number of awards to promote excellence in library history research. LHRT organizes events at ALA’s annual meetings: a Research Forum, where scholars present their research in the history of libraries, and the Edward G. Holley lecture, where a prominent scholar in a field outside of library science speaks on topics relevant to library history.

Read about the early years of the Round Table in this essay by Lee Shiflett and find our past newsletters in the archive.

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