The Craft of Library History

Thinking of writing up the history of a library?  Maybe you’re a graduate student in a library history course, a library staff member compiling a history of your library, or an author conducting library history research for the first time.  This column provides suggestions, advice, and tools from library history scholars.

Guidelines for Writing Local Library Histories (LHRT Policy Statement developed by Dr. John V. Richardson Jr. UCLA GSLIS; Steve Fisher U. Denver; Betty Hanson, Indiana U.; and Holley R. Lange, Colorado State U.)

This document serves as the starting point for writing a library history.  Offers ten suggestions and an appendix of potential source collections.