Library in the Lone Star State

Hello everyone,

Here is some library history reading for the weekend:

Library in the Lone Star State: The Rosenberg Library as a Model for American Public Library History

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/history-of-specific-libraries/

This latest submission comes to us courtesy of Melissa Long, an MLIS student at San Jose State University.

Also, there was a technical problem with a link in an earlier post about Information History Innovations.  My apologies, and the corrected link is: https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/innovations/

This page lists some innovations in library systems and technologies that I’m hoping will spark some topic ideas for papers to submit to the blog–I’m hoping we can flesh out this section of our blog.

Have a wonderful spring weekend!

Brett

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:

https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/ALA-Annual/agenda.asp?BCFO=&tn=&cpf2=&cus2=&pta=LHRT

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…

Best,

Brett

 

From DC to Nevada

Hello again,

I wanted to highlight several new contributions from LIS graduate students on our blog:

 

The Central Public Library: Washington, D.C.’s Other Library

By Katherine Monroe, San Jose State University

Ms. Monroe has given us an outstanding history of Washington DC’s Central Public Library, a library sometimes overshadowed by the Library of Congress, in this course paper.  Her essay is particularly fantastic because she brings her background in history and decorative arts to bear on the topic.

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/history-of-specific-libraries/

 

The Nevada State Library: Beginnings 1861-1935

By Joshua Owens, San Jose State University

 I appreciate Mr. Owens sharing one of his recent graduate school papers with the blog readership.  His paper is a thorough, primary source-based account of the early years of the Nevada State Library told by one of its current archivists.

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/history-of-specific-libraries/

The Era of Herbert Putnam and the Library of Congress: 1899-1939

By Amy Nykamp, San Jose State University

This well-written, well-organized paper opened my eyes to the full impact of Herbert Putnam, eighth Librarian of Congress, on libraries throughout the world.

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/summer-2016-notes/

 

Thanks so much to all the authors for sharing their work!

Best,

Brett

CFP: Penser, décrire, communiquer. Les bibliothèques de la Renaissance aujourd’hui

Hello blog readers,
Please see this opportunity for papers, written in French, about Renaissance libraries.
-Brett
Penser, décrire, communiquer. Les bibliothèques de la Renaissance aujourd’hui

Le 28 mars 2017, s’est tenue à Chicago la journée franco-américaine annuelle de l’Atelier XVIe siècle de l’université Paris-Sorbonne. Consacrée à l’exploration et à la valorisation des collections de livres de la Renaissance conservées au Special Collections Research Center de l’Université de Chicago et à la Newberry Library, cette journée a permis de lancer les pistes de réflexion d’un projet de publication collective consacré aux « Bibliothèques de la Renaissance aujourd’hui », à paraître dans un prochain numéro thématique de la revue Réforme Humanisme Renaissance.

Pour les bibliothécaires, archivistes et enseignants-chercheurs, mettre en relation les livres imprimés des XVe et XVIe siècles avec leurs publics relève d’un double enjeu. D’une part, il s’agit d’étudier les livres conservés dans les fonds patrimoniaux afin d’identifier quelles étaient à l’époque les pratiques de lecture et les usages de ces livres, alors que naissaient le dépôt légal, les premières Bibliothèques imprimées et autres outils bibliothéconomiques. D’autre part, il s’agit de les communiquer aux chercheurs tout en les donnant à voir à de plus larges publics, afin d’en favoriser, malgré la distance temporelle et culturelle, la compréhension.

Si ces deux enjeux ont pendant longtemps semblé relever de perspectives distinctes, le développement, depuis une vingtaine d’années, de campagnes de numérisation, et plus récemment de projets d’étude, d’édition, de description et de valorisation de ces collections au sein des humanités numériques contribue à rapprocher les points de vue. La constitution de collections virtuelles ou numériques accessibles en ligne, le développement de nouvelles pratiques d’exposition, associant espace de visite, bornes multimédias et expositions virtuelles viennent rappeler qu’aujourd’hui comme par le passé, les modalités d’accès des publics à ces ouvrages conditionnent pour beaucoup leur intelligibilité.

Comment et pourquoi, aujourd’hui, consulter des éditions anciennes, dans les salles de lecture ou depuis chez soi, par l’intermédiaire d’une copie numérique ? Pourquoi continuer à faire vivre et enrichir les collections des bibliothèques ? Comment orienter l’action des établissements de conservation, des associations, des centres de recherche dans la forêt des nouveaux projets dont la pérennité n’est pas toujours assurée ? Et à l’horizon de telles interrogations, comment l’ensemble de ces actions contribue-t-il à transformer le statut du livre de la Renaissance, exposé comme une œuvre d’art ou un objet patrimonial, mais encore et toujours destiné à la lecture sur un exemplaire original, sur un écran d’ordinateur, une tablette ou une édition papier en fac similé imprimée à la demande ?

Si vous souhaitez contribuer au numéro thématique « Penser, décrire, communiquer. Les bibliothèques de la Renaissance aujourd’hui », à paraître dans la revue RHR, merci d’envoyer une proposition d’une demi-page avant le 30 juin 2017 à Raphaële Mouren et Anne Réach-Ngô aux adresses suivantes : raphaele.mouren@gmail.com et anne.reachngo@yahoo.fr

Remise des articles attendue pour le 15 avril 2018.

Open These Hallowed Doors

Public libraries in the American South prohibited African-Americans from using their collections and facilities under the unjust system of segregation that existed before the Civil Rights Movement of the Sixties, as shown in this virtual exhibit by the Digital Public Library of America and in Dr. Cheryl Knott’s excellent book published last year, Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow.

Fortunately, some courageous African-American protestors challenged segregation in libraries, and a soon-to-be-published title is recounting many of their stories.

This past week, Dr. Wayne Wiegand, the “Dean of American Library Historians,” delivered a lecture entitled, Open These Hallowed Doors: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South, at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s James Branch Cabell Library.  His lecture recounted stories from “court records and newspapers of young black resilience, energy and determination to desegregate Jim Crow–era public libraries.”  In addition, Robert Williams, one of the protesters at the Danville (VA) Public Library during 1960, attended the event and shared his experiences.

Dr. Wiegand has composed a book about the protestors, The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South:  Civil Rights and Local Activism, that will be published by Louisiana State University Press in Spring, 2018.

Dr. Wiegand also recently published a related article, “Any Ideas?: The American Library Association and the Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South” in LHRT’s peer-reviewed journal, Libraries: Culture, History, and Society.  In the abstract, Dr. Wiegand notes that ALA “chose to look past the issue of racially segregated public libraries in the South rather than confront, challenge, or even discuss it. Not until the early 1960s did a few vocal members of the nation’s library community outside the association’s control force ALA to finally address the issue.”

We can all look forward to the debut of The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South and learning more about the local activists who pushed for integration and equality in library services.  Stay tuned to the blog for more updates!

Best,

Brett Spencer

Editor, LHRT News and Notes

 

 

Calling All LIS Students!

Dear Students,

It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of another semester!  Hope your papers, theses, book reviews, presentations, and other class projects are going well.

I would like to invite you to submit your library history-related projects  “as is”  to LHRT News and Notes, the official blog of ALA’s Library History Roundtable.

I’ll be quite happy to consider your papers in their current form.  We can work together to make edits, if needed, so that we can publish your papers on the blog.

Why submit to LHRT News and Notes?

>Sharing your paper in an open access blog helps fellow library history buffs learn about your topic.

>Populating the blog supports LHRT’s mission.

>Submitting to LHRT News and Notes is friendly and non-intimidating.

>Publishing in an official ALA blog boosts your resume.
The LHRT News and Notes blog (which has examples of past LIS students’ works) is located at:

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/

Good luck on those final projects, and I hope you’ll consider sending them to the blog!  All submissions can be emailed to me at dbs21@psu.edu   Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Best Wishes,
Brett Spencer
Editor, LHRT News and Notes

 

A Short History of the National Library of Wales–Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

Happy Spring!

Many thanks to Dr. Calista Williams, who has written a splendid essay about the National Library of Wales (NLW) for LHRT News and Notes, offering discoveries from her recently completed thesis:

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/history-of-specific-libraries/

Of special note, she highlights how the NLW interacted with the political and social movements of its time.

Please enjoy this library historiography, and consider submitting a post about your library’s history.  I know many graduate students out there are finishing papers this time of year, please consider submitting your work:

https://lhrtnews.wordpress.com/how-to-submit/

Best Wishes,
Brett Spencer
Editor, LHRT News and Notes