A Library and Its Historic Role in UK Political History…

BBC’s Lucy Webster reports on the history of the House of Commons Library:

The Commons Library: 200 Years of History



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


Call For Applications: Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

CLIR is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. The deadline for submission of application materials is Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
  • enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;
  • encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the United States and abroad; and
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

The program will offer about 15 competitively awarded fellowships in 2019. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9–12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000.

Fellowship stipends will support research beginning between June 1 and September 1, 2019, and ending within 12 months of commencing. Fellowships will not be renewed or extended. Fellows are expected to devote full time to their dissertation research without holding teaching or research assistantships or undertaking other paid work. Fellows may use stipends to meet living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses that enable dissertation research to be carried out, but not to defray tuition.

Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States.

For further information on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines, please visit https://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon/applicant-resources/.

CFP: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Digital Humanities

CFP Libraries, Archives, Museums and Digital Humanities
deadline for submissions:
November 1, 2018
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: stauffer@lsu.edu
Call for Papers

LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 40th Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2019 Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center Albuquerque, New Mexico http://www.southwestpca.org Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2018

Proposals for papers and panels will be accepted beginning August 15 for the 40th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture area solicits proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and cultural heritage settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes.

Some suggested topics include:

o   Histories and profiles of popular culture resources and collections in cultural heritage institutions; a chance to show off what you’ve got to scholars who might want to use it

o   Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources

o   Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs

o   Special exhibits of popular culture resources, outreach programs, etc. of cultural heritage institutions

o   Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues

o   Web 2.0, gaming, semantic web, etc. and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities collections

o   The role of public libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in economic hard times and natural disasters

o   Oral history projects

o   Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in cultural heritage institutions and those in academia or other organizations.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

If you have any questions about the LAMS & DIGITAL HUMANITIES area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne Stauffer stauffer@lsu.edu.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair

“The country’s largest regional antiquarian book fair comes to Brooklyn each fall. The 5th edition of BABF will bring more than 100 top antiquarian book, print, photo, autograph and ephemera dealers from 20 states plus England, Italy and Canada as well as a full schedule of talks and exhibits. Whether you are looking for a book for under $50 to start a collection or a rare signed first edition, you’ll find those and so much more at BABF.”

Check out the full details at https://www.brooklynbookfair.com/

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

Members of the Library History Round Table of ALA created the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award to recognize outstanding work in our field by emerging library historians.  The committee for the selection of the 2019 Dain Dissertation Award winner is seeking submissions by January 11, 2019.
The full description of the Dain Award and the submission process follows and will be updated to reflect the current biennial cycle and available at:
Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award
The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award is offered only in odd-numbered years. The award, named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history during any time period or region of the world. Five hundred dollars and a certificate are given for a selected dissertation that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries during any period, in any region of the world.
Eligibility and Criteria
Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible. Dissertations from 2016-17 and 2017-2018 will compete for the 2019 award. Entries are judged on: clear definition of the research questions and/or hypotheses; use of appropriate primary resources; depth of research; superior quality of writing; and significance of the conclusions. The LHRT is particularly interested in dissertations that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.
Submissions and Selection
The award winner will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee appointed by the LHRT vice chair/chair elect. The winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1st of the award year. A certificate honoring the author will be presented at the Library History Round Table awards ceremony during the American Library Association Annual Conference.
Submit one electronic copy of the approved and signed dissertation and a signed letter of support from the doctoral advisor or dissertation committee chair at the degree-granting institution. Submissions must be received by January 11, 2019.  Receipt will be confirmed within four business days. Send submission to: seaverb4230@durhamtech.edu

Primary Sources in ALA Archives

The latest batch of excellent posts from the ALA Archives discusses the histories of a number of primary source collections for library historians:

–Newsletters of the Office of Federal Relations and Washington Office

–A circa 1926 document called “22 Steps to Build Your Own Public Library”

–Newly-donated photographs from Arthur Plotnik, former editor of American Libraries

–GLBT Round Table documents

SRRT Newsletters

Hats off to the ALA archivists for some fascinating discussions of these documentary treasures!