A Fascinating Medical Library History Article

Please see MaryKate Wust’s fascinating story in Penn Medicine News about the Pennsylvania Hospital’s Historic Medical Library!:

“The Historic Medical Library in the Pine Building — the first of its kind in the country — is home to many of these historic gems, making it no surprise that it was designated the “largest and most important” medical library nationwide by the American Medical Association in 1847. But amidst the rare incunabula (books printed before 1501) and beautifully illustrated anatomical and botanical volumes, there are also some unexpected sources of history and intrigue — including the humble library catalog.”




Restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library

This just in from Artdaily.org: “The Morgan announces the restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library designed by McKim, Mead & White”



New Volunteer: Tim Gleisner

Hello fellow Library History Enthusiasts,

My name is Tim Gleisner. I am very excited to be writing for the Library History Roundtable. I love libraries in general and have researched the history of libraries in my corner of the world for some time.

As way of introduction I am the Head of Collections at the Library of Michigan. In this role I am in charge of all of the Collections of the State Library, including the Law, Government Documents, Michigan and Rare Book Collections. I am also in head of all programming and much of the outreach of the library. This includes programs such as Michigan Notable Books, an annual list of the top 20 books produced by Michigan authors, or books on Michigan subjects. What is amazing about my current job is I get to travel the state to libraries of all types and sizes. And while out in the field I collect the stories and history of Michigan

Previous to the Library of Michigan I was the Head of Special Collections at the Grand Rapids Public Library, and Head of Local History and Genealogy at the Herrick District Library in Holland, Michigan. In both roles I collected and preserved the history of the West Michigan region. During this time I have learned everything anyone could ever want to know about the Dutch in America. Grand Rapids and Holland are the home of the largest Dutch enclave in North America.

I am a native of Wisconsin and have lived and roamed around Lake Michigan most of my life. Much of my compiling of library history centers in the Upper Midwest and the influence libraries have had in this part of the world. I love history of all types and read any history I can get my hands on. I also love cities. I am constantly in Chicago, Detroit or New York any chance I can get.


CFP: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Hello! I’m writing to share news about the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP). We are seeking several different kinds of contributors, and we hope some people in your state association can participate:

  • Book reviews: 800-1000 words; review of a recent book (from a list we maintain).  If interested, please contact the editor at shannon.oltmann@uky.edu for a list of books and further guidelines.
  • Commentaries: 500-1500 words; short think pieces, essays, or opinion pieces on topics pertaining to intellectual freedom and privacy in libraries or the broader world; reviewed by editor.
  • Features: 4000-8000 words; research papers (including literature reviews, theoretical or critical analyses, or empirical research articles); peer-reviewed.

We interpret intellectual freedom and privacy very broadly (not just in libraries, but across the broader world), so if you have a possibly-related paper, please contact the editor (shannon.oltmann@uky.edu).

Special Notes:

  • Happy to work with first-time authors
  • Indexed by ProQuest and Ebsco
  • Turn-around time is generally very fast (two to four months)
  • Quarterly publication with rolling submission deadlines
  • We use Chicago style (author-date) for citations but can work directly with authors to help them implement this

Questions? Visit our website https: https://journals.ala.org/index.php/jifp/index or contact the editor, Shannon M. Oltmann.

 Shannon M. Oltmann, Ph.D.
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Associate Professor

College Diversity Officer
School of Information Science
College of Communication & Information
University of Kentucky

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859-257-4205 (f)

Editor, Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

CFP: Women of Library History

From the ALA Feminist Task Force:


We are looking for a seventh year of Women Of Library History submissions!

We’re doing things a little bit differently this year–rather than posting intensively during March for Women’s History Month, we’ll be spreading posts out throughout the year. Therefore, submissions are currently open with a rolling deadline.

As usual, we are looking for your stories of women who have been significant to the libraries, services, and systems you know and love. In spite of popular depictions of librarians as meek, apolitical, and quiet, we know that librarianship has always been hard work, and that women have been raising money, creating action, and providing professional leadership for a long time.

The Feminist Task Force invites your submissions to highlight valued women in libraries. This is the perfect time of year to remember the contributions of these important women in librarianship—perhaps a founder, a mentor, or an activist in your community.

What? The FTF will host a blog at womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com with regular postings of historic women of librarianship, beginning in March. We hope to receive enough submissions to continue throughout the year.

Why? Highlight the legacy that you still see alive today and share a piece of your library’s history with your patrons and library lovers everywhere. Submissions to this project continue to illustrate the breadth of contributions women have made to their communities through libraries, and the long legacy of activism in our profession.

Who? Anyone who would be pleased to be identified as a woman and who has made a significant contribution to library history. Past subjects have included librarians, founders, community activists, women’s clubs, and even the developer of our beloved MARC format. Subjects may be deceased, retired, or currently practicing, so long as their contribution to the field (whether locally or globally) is significant and enduring.

To submit:

Please send all submissions to Katelyn Browne at womenoflibraryhistory@gmail.com. Submissions should include

  • a write-up of the woman/women’s significance to library history (this should be original content OR we should have explicit permission to re-publish it)
  • your name(s) and title/library, or other identifying information
  • if possible, one or two images that WoLH has permission to publish on our Tumblr (with source information as possible)
  • any links to other online information you’d like readers to see

For examples, please see our posts on Maude Langhorne NelsonOralia Garza de Cortés, and Dorothy Burnett Porter Wesley. We do not have any specific word-count limits, but we reserve the right to edit your post for length, grammar, and/or content.

I go through submissions about once a week. I will reply at that time if I need clarifications or additional material; otherwise, you will hear from me when your post appears on the blog. I post all submissions that meet the requirements in this post, though I reserve the right to change my mind about that.


The Feminist Task Force is proud to bring voice and efforts to the intersection of feminist perspectives with issues related to libraries, librarianship, information services, and ALA. To find out more and get involved, please visit us on any of our websites and virtual spaces:

Websites: http://www.ala.org/srrt/feminist-task-force/ and http://libr.org/ftf/
Discussion list: http://libr.org/ftf/ftflist.html
ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/65369
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/121097054767/

CFP: ALA Poster Sessions

The 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster session at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more, and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods. For information on 2019 posters and the submission process, please visit this page:
* The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 8, 2019*. Applicants will be notified in late March after a double-blind peer review process, if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your application process now at:
You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.
Please direct any questions about poster session presentations and submissions to Alee Navarro, the Annual Conference poster session staff liaison, anavarro@ala.org.

Have an Idea for a Library History Publication?

Why not fashion that idea into a scholarly article for the LCHS journal?  Please note that the editors welcome new authors in the “idea” stage to contact them to talk about the possibilities.  Please see below for the full Call for Papers.


CFP: Libraries: Culture, History, and Society (LCHS) is now accepting submissions for volume 3, issue 2, and for subsequent issues, to be published semiannually. A peer-reviewed publication of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association and the Penn State University Press, LCHS is available in print and will be available online via JSTOR and Project Muse.

The only journal in the United States devoted to library history, LCHS positions library history as its own field of scholarship while promoting innovative cross-disciplinary research on libraries’ relationships with their unique environments. LCHS brings together scholars from many disciplines to examine the history of libraries as institutions, collections, and services, as well as the experiences of library workers and users. There are no limits of time and space, and libraries of every type are included (private, public, corporate, and academic libraries, and special collections). In addition to Library Science, the journal welcomes contributors from History, English, Literary Studies, Sociology,  Gender/Women’s Studies, Race/Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Architecture, and other disciplines.

Submissions for volume 3, issue 2, are due February 28th, 2019, and the deadline for volume 4, issue 1 will be in late August.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through LCHS’s Editorial Manager system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/LCHS/default.aspx. They must also conform to the instructions for authors at http://bit.ly/LCHScfp1.

New scholars, and authors whose work is in the “idea” stage, are welcomed to contact the editors if they would like guidance prior to submission.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Agenda and Reports for ALA MidWinter Meeting (Online)

Greetings, LHRT membership,

The LHRT Midwinter meeting is scheduled for January 31st, from 1 – 2:30 pm CST, in Zoom. This is an open meeting and we hope that you will join us to learn more about what is going on and how you can get involved (only Executive Committee members can vote, though).

Attached is the agenda and some reports for you to look over prior to the meeting.  You can view the agenda, reports, and other meetings materials by clicking these links:

Agenda and Reports: lhrt midwinter meeting

Bylaws Proposed Revisions: bylaws_ed.jan19  (please note that you may have to view revisions in Microsoft Word to see proposed edits and revisions):

Updated Handbook: lhrthandbook2018rev

Membership Statistics: lhrt mem stats dec 2018

I might forward more materials prior to the meeting should they come in.

How to join:

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University of Missouri

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