BBC’s Lucy Webster reports on the history of the House of Commons Library:
BBC’s Lucy Webster reports on the history of the House of Commons Library:
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 Years; New York Public Library: A Universe of Knowledge; Libraries 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
Program Chair, Library and Information Science
School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
University of Missouri
Chair, Library History Round Table
This just in: Southeast Missori’s NPR Station recently ran an interesting story about a student worker, Peter Rickling, who preserved and restored Kent Library’s historic furniture over the summer:
A film about the history of public libraries in America will debut early next year!
Dr. Wayne Wiegand serves as a consultant to the film makers.
Check out the trailer here:
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:
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
deadline for submissions:
November 1, 2018
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
“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/
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
Hats off to the ALA archivists for some fascinating discussions of these documentary treasures!
Breaking Library History News:
Rick Noack of the Washington Post reports on the unearthing of what is now considered Germany’s oldest known public library: