The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project: Uncovering the History Behind Loyola University Chicago’s First Library Catalogue

Enjoy reading about this intriguing project:

“The goal of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project is to uncover the history of the acquisition and use of Loyola’s original library books. It grew out of an initiative to reconstruct the earliest surviving library catalogue of St Ignatius College (founded 1870), the forerunner to Loyola University Chicago.” —From the About section

CILIP will be sponsoring a paper in London on this project later this year:

History of Libraries Seminar: Digital Rethinking 19th Century American Catholic Libraries

“Speaker: Professor Kyle Roberts (Loyola University, Chicago) Digital platforms, sources, and tools have changed the way we study libraries over the past few decades. The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project at Loyola University Chicago is a collaborative digital research project that uses these digital affordances to write a new history of nineteenth-century American Catholic libraries and, in so doing, rethink American Catholicism.”

For more details:


From Print to Digital And Back Again: Three Decades of Lessons from a Library Newsletter

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From Print to Digital And Back Again: Three Decades of Lessons from a Library Newsletter
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Description: UGA Law Library’s longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs first saw circulation in 1984. At that time it was solely in print and included no more than a couple of items about new additions to the library collection and upcoming library instruction. More than 30 years later, the newsletter has evolved significantly. After a time of existing only in print (1984-1994), and a period of time being distributed both in print and online (1995-2001), it went through another phase of being distributed only electronically (2003-2014). In the past few years the print version has come back again (Spring 2015), experiencing a resurgence in popularity, especially with students. During its lifetime, the newsletter has not only changed formats and styles, but has also changed editors several times. Each new editor seems to at least partially influence the types of content included plus the technologies used for publication. Today the newsletter is issued both electronically and physically four times a semester and has even ventured into the realm of podcasting with five episodes since 2017.

This session will share the many lessons learned over the years by looking back in time at the newsletter’s rich history of content. It will also share current tools used for online and print publication, as well as assessing readership including Drupal, WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics and DataStudio, Piktochart, iTunes, YouTube, Feedburner, and Digital Commons.

About the Presenter:
Rachel Evans is currently the Metadata Services Librarian at UGA’s Alexander Campbell King Law Library, and for the past six years served as the Web Coordinator and Digital Media Specialist for the Law Library’s Information Technology department. Evans has contributed to library instruction ranging from technology-centered sessions to video tutorial creation. She also assists in archiving items in the law school repository Digital Commons, and is a member of the library’s public relations, web and systems teams. Evans has presented instructional technology and web-design related sessions at local, state and regional conferences, and regularly publishes in the national professional magazine Computers in Libraries. Prior to joining UGA Law Library, Evans got her start in libraries at LaGrange College’s Frank and Laura Lewis Library, and subsequently worked at two public libraries in Georgia’s Troup and Oglethorpe counties. Evans earned her MLIS from Florida State University in 2012, and holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art and Music.

Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.
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Library History Heroes in the Press

It’s always great to see buzz in the popular press about library history.  Check out Sian Cain’s recent article in The Guardian about library workers who saved their books–and sometimes their patrons– from a variety of dangers through the ages:

“Librarians to the Rescue! A Brief History of Heroic Bibliophiles”


New Collection for British Library History

Mariana Ou has given the world a splendid new resource for researching and teaching British public library history.

Scrolling through the internet for new developments in library history, I ran across Ou’s creative project to preserve the experiences of London’s library workers.

Ou recently completed a master’s dissertation in Library Science at City, University of London, entitled The Public Libraries of London Collection: Oral History in the Digital Age.  Ou also delivered a conference paper, “Oral History for Library History,” at the CILIP Local Studies Group Conference that synopsized the major findings.

In these works, Ou interviewed public library staff in London, and gathered their narratives into an interactive, open access collection, “The Public Libraries of London”:

The collection was created in the web repository Layers of London.  This platform allows researchers from several institutions to contribute and display historical data about the City through digital maps.

An inspiring project!!  Hope will see more projects that follow Ou’s example in the future!



Editor, LHRT News & Notes






New York Public Library History–Video Tour

Enjoy the fascinating story of the New York Public Library through this visual tour from Architectural Digest!

AD explains in their YouTube caption that “Noted historians serve as your personal audio guide through a virtual walking tour of the New York Public Library. Find out about hidden details of the famed NYC building as these expert reveal the history behind the Winnie the Pooh toys, the Rose Main Reading Room, the iconic lion statues Patience and Fortitude, the Stephen A. Schwarzman building, the Milstein Division, the map collection, the book train and more…”



New York Times Covers Library History Book

Check out this article from the New York Times about Susan Orlean’s new title, The Library Book.  Published by Simon & Schuster, this work creatively intertwines Ms. Orlean’s personal experiences in libraries with general American library history.

Ms. Orlean explains the inspiration for her latest book on her author web site:

“I started taking my own son to the library, and I was reminded instantly and vividly of how much libraries had meant to me, how formative they were to my love of reading and writing, and how much they mean to us as a culture. The next thing I knew, I was investigating the largest library fire in the history of the United States. The life and times and near-death experience of the Los Angeles Public Library was a story that felt urgent to tell, and gave me a chance to pay tribute to these marvelous places that have been such an essential part of my life.”

Considering the author’s successful publishing record, look for this book for this to be a top seller!  How wonderful to see library history making another splash in the popular press!


CFP: ALISE 2019 Historical Perspectives Special Interest Group (SIG)

ALISE 2019, Knoxville, TN, 24-26 September 2019
Historical Perspectives Special Interest Group (SIG) Call for Papers
DEADLINE: 15 January 2019
The ALISE Historical Perspectives SIG invites the submission of abstracts for a panel at the 2019 conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The 2019 ALISE Historical Perspectives SIG seeks papers to constitute a panel to critically
engage historical perspectives on teaching library and information science. Specifically, we seek papers that examine the degree to which these framing themes inform LIS education and how they might apply to histories of all types of libraries in the United States and abroad.
Send proposals of no more than 500 words, SIG co-conveners Anthony Bernier
( or Jenny Bossaller ( by 15 January 2019.


Anthony Bernier, Ph.D.


School of Information

San Jose State University


Jenny Bossaller

Associate Professor


University of Missouri

Sad News

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) sadly announces the passing of Phyllis Dain, a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor, rigorous scholar and thinker. The LHRT sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award, named in honor of Dr. Dain, recognizes outstanding English-language dissertations in the general area of library history. Phyllis served as LHRT Chair during the late 1970’s.

Dr. Dain was born in 1929 in New York City. She earned a BA (1950) from Brooklyn College, MS (1953), MA (1957) and DLS (1966) from Columbia University. She worked as a cataloger at Columbia, and taught courses from 1957 until her retirement as Professor Emerita in 1995 (Marquis Who’s Who). She published many articles about library and social history, and several well-regarded books including The New York Public Library: A History of its Founding and Early YearsNew York Public Library: A Universe of KnowledgeLibraries and Scholarly Communication in the United States: The Historical Dimension; and Civic Space/Cyberspace: The American Public Library in the Information Age. She died in June of this year, according to the announcement of the Leonia Public Library, Bergen county, NJ, where she served on its Board of Trustees from 1976 until this year.

Dr. Dain’s papers are located in the NYPL’s Archives & Manuscripts Division (NYPL Archives & Manuscripts Division).

Jenny S. Bossaller

Associate Professor

Program Chair, Library and Information Science

School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

University of Missouri

Chair, Library History Round Table