Recordings of 2020 LHRT Executive Committee and Research Forum Available

Zoom link to LHRT Executive Committee Meeting Recording:

https://sjsu.zoom.us/rec/share/1eh-Fp3zrVNIfJ3K-H3Bf6oPM5q7X6a81ydP-fUMmhqydg8VJFn86BR4wL6ZpSUJ?startTime=1593351048000

Password: 4l+46j6N

Zoom Link to LHRT Research Forum Recording:

https://sjsu.zoom.us/rec/share/2JNMPfb8zXxLc9LH2ELadYIAJtzIeaa81yMc8vMLzE39bxFVL3bp72N7UPkGBSxJ?startTime=1593372633000

Password: 8t##9d+.

The LHRT Research Forum included:

>Presentation of the 2020 Donald G. Davis Award to Dr. Laura E. Helton for “On Decimals, Catalogs, and Racial Imaginaries of Reading.” PMLA 134, no. 1 (2019): 99-120.

>Paper by Dr. Jennifer Burek Pierce (University of Iowa) – “Turning Toward Technology: Implementing Computers and Non-Book Resources in U.S. Libraries, 1940-1963″

>Paper by Dr. Gregory Leazer (UCLA) and Dr. Robert D. Montoya (Indiana University) – “Origins and Reinforcements of the Public Library-School Library Divide, and the Crisis of Polygovermentailty”

2020 Donald G. Davis Award Winner Announcement

Dr. Laura E. Helton, winner of the 2020 Donald G. Davis Award.  Dr. Helton is a professor of history and English at the University of Delaware.
Dr. Laura E. Helton, winner of the 2020 Donald G. Davis Award. Dr. Helton is a professor of history and English at the University of Delaware.

Today, the winner of the 2020 Donald G. Davis Award was announced during the LHRT Research Forum. The Davis Article Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association every even-numbered year to recognize the best article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history. The award honors Donald G. Davis, longtime professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas and editor of Libraries & the Cultural Record (formerly Journal of Library History, Philosophy, and Comparative Librarianship).

The winning article was:

Laura E. Helton. “On Decimals, Catalogs, and Racial Imaginaries of Reading.” PMLA 134, no. 1 (2019): 99-120. 

Readers can access the full text through the Humanities Commons and see firsthand what a spectacular work of intellectual craftsmanship it is. The Davis Award Committee reviewed a pool of nine excellent articles to select Dr. Helton’s work.

Reprinted below is an excerpt from the Davis Committee’s letter to the LHRT Chair:

In “On Decimals”, Dr. Helton, a professor of history and English at the University of Delaware, focuses on a pioneering librarian, Dorothy Porter, and interprets her work in expanding access to African-American historical collections in the early twentieth century.  A former archivist and Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Helton’s research interests include the history of archives as well as race studies. This article brilliantly combines these interests.

We selected “On Decimals” in view of the high standards established by The Davis Award: the criteria states that nominations should be judged on the “quality of scholarships, clarity of style, and depth of research. The round table is particularly interested in articles that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.”  

We believe that the article excels in all of these areas.   Dr. Helton’s inspiring story of Porter building the “national infrastructure for black bibliography” places librarianship in the broader context of the civil rights struggle (p. 111).  In prose accessible to those inside and outside of the library field, she leads the reader through an engaging narrative that casts the library catalog as an “epistemological battleground” between institutional racism and African-American cultural consciousness (p. 102). 

The primary sources consist of materials that form the very foundation of library work, such as bibliographies, indexes, and finding aids created by Porter. Through an assiduous analysis of the subject headings, decimal placements, and other details of these materials, Dr. Helton draws valid and interesting insights that illustrate Porter’s daring efforts to challenge the repressive ideologies of her day.  In addition, the article is contextualized within the historiography of both race studies and library science.

Dr. Helton presents a unique and convincing argument by using library classification as evidence in the civil rights struggle.  Her scholarship provides an exemplar for future studies in library history…

The Davis Award Committee consisted of Tanya Finchum at Oklahoma State University, Bradley P. Tolppanen at Eastern Illinois University, Paul Heyde at Case Western Reserve, and Brett Spencer at Penn State Berks.

Special thanks to Dr. Katherine L. Chiles at University of Tennessee for nominating Dr. Helton’s work.

Congratulations Dr. Helton!!

LHRT 2020 Virtual Event Agenda

Everyone is invited and all events are online and free! Please invite colleagues and friends!


Annual LHRT Holley Lecture:

Friday, June 26

12:15pm (Central Time Zone)

Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Carnegie Mellon University–
““The Fight by Remembering: The Making of a Suffrage Archive”

Zoom link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/94262641977

 password: 333679


Annual LHRT Executive Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 28

8:30-10am (Central Time Zone)

Zoom link:  https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/97683444890

password: 884826


LHRT Research Forum (and Presentation of the 2020 Donald G. Davis Award)

Sunday, June 28

2:30-3:30pm (Central Time Zone)

Dr. Jennifer Burek Pierce (University of Iowa) – “Turning Toward Technology: Implementing Computers and Non-Book Resources in U.S. Libraries, 1940-1963″


Dr. Gregory Leazer (UCLA) and Dr. Robert D. Montoya (Indiana University) – “Origins and Reinforcements of the Public Library-School Library Divide, and the Crisis of Polygovermentailty”

Zoom link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/93356911872

password: 111360

*The presentation of the Davis Award will take place at the beginning of the Research Forum.

2020 Holley Lecture–Coming Up This Week

ALA’s Library History Round Table proudly announces and invites you to attend this year’s Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture. This year we are celebrating the centennial passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States granting women the right to vote!


When: Friday 26 June 2020, 12:15 pm. – 1:00 p.m. (Central/Chicago time)


Where: Online via Zoom (see login details below)


Cost: Free.

This event is endowed by LHRT’s Holley Memorial Fund. Our honored guest speaker is Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Tetrault’s landmark book, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Movement, 1848-1898 (2014) garnered the Organization of American Historians’ first Nickliss women’s history book prize.

Dr. Tetrault is a highly-respected educator as well. In 2018, she received CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Elliot Dunlap Smith Teaching Award. More recently, she delivered the keynote address for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence Exhibit. She currently serves as a historical consultant for PBS’s upcoming The American Experience documentary “The Vote.”

Dr. Tetrault’s Holley Lecture is entitled, “The Fight by Remembering: The Making of a Suffrage Archive.”


Please join your LHRT Executive Committee via Zoom through the following link and password:


Zoom link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/94262641977

Password: 333679

The Edward G. Holley lecture memorializes the former Dean of the LIS program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The annual lecture is delivered by a researcher or author from outside the LIS field whose work is of interest to LHRT members.


Read more!

Selected book reviews of The Myth of Seneca Falls:


Nicole Eaton, review of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898, by Lisa Tetrault, Journal of American History, Vol.102(2), 2015, pp. 559-560

Suzanne M. Marilley, review of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898, by Lisa Tetrault, The American Historical Review, Vol. 120(4), 2015, pp.1495-1496.


M. M. Mullaney, review of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898, by Lisa Tetrault, Library Journal, v. 139, n. 12, 2014, p. 99.


Additional Zoom connection details:


Topic: Library History Round Table 2020 Holley Lecture
Time: Jun 26, 2020 10:15 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/94262641977
Password: 333679
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,94262641977# or +13462487799,,94262641977#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1
312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 942 6264 1977
International numbers available: https://sjsu.zoom.us/u/advTp3z1yn
Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323:
162.255.37.138
Meeting ID: 942 6264 1977
Password: 333679
SIP: 94262641977@vip2.zoomcrc.com
Password: 333679

Invitation to 2020 Holley Lecture

ALA’s Library History Round Table proudly announces and invites you to attend this year’s Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture. This year we are celebrating the centennial passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States granting women the right to vote!


When: Friday 26 June 2020, 12:15 pm. – 1:00 p.m. (Central/Chicago time)
Where: Online via Zoom (see login details below)
Cost: Free. This event is endowed by LHRT’s Holley Memorial Fund

Our honored guest speaker is Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Pittsburg’s Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Tetrault published the landmark, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Movement, 1848-1898, in 2014, which garnered the Organization of American Historians’ first Nickliss women’s history book prize.

Dr. Tetrault is a highly-respected educator as well. In 2018, she received her Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Elliot Dunlap Smith Teaching Award. And more recently, in 2019, she delivered the keynote address for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s “Votes for Women” Exhibit. She currently serves as an historical consultant for, among other projects, PBS’s upcoming The American Experience documentary “The Vote.”

Dr. Tetrault’s Holley Lecture is entitled, “The Fight by Remembering: The Making of a Suffrage Archive.”


Please join your LHRT Executive Committee via Zoom through the following link and password:


Zoom link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/94262641977


Password: 333679

The Edward G. Holley lecture memorializes the former Dean of the LIS program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The annual lecture is delivered by a researcher or author from outside the LIS field whose work is of interest to LHRT members.

Read more!


Selected book reviews of The Myth of Seneca Falls:


Nicole Eaton, review of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898, by Lisa Tetrault, Journal of American History, Vol.102(2), 2015, pp. 559-560.

Suzanne M. Marilley, review of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898, by Lisa Tetrault, The American Historical Review, Vol. 120(4), 2015, pp.1495-1496.


M. M. Mullaney, review of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848–1898, by Lisa Tetrault, Library Journal, v. 139, n. 12, 2014, p. 99.


Additional Zoom connection details:
Topic: Library History Round Table 2020 Holley Lecture
Time: Jun 26, 2020 10:15 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/94262641977
Password: 333679
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,94262641977# or +13462487799,,94262641977#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1
312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 942 6264 1977
International numbers available: https://sjsu.zoom.us/u/advTp3z1yn
Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323:
162.255.37.138
Meeting ID: 942 6264 1977
Password: 333679
SIP: 94262641977@vip2.zoomcrc.com
Password: 333679