How To Submit

Postcard of the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts.
Postcard of the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts (1913). Image and caption from American Library Association Archives.

Purpose and Scope: The Library History Round Table (LHRT) encourages research and publication on library history and promotes awareness and discussion of historical issues in librarianship.  In support of this goal, LHRT News and Notes provides a venue for news items and informal papers related to the history of libraries anywhere in the world.  It complements the work of LHRT’s peer-reviewed research journal, Libraries: Culture, History & Society.

News items may include:

>LHRT committee reports.

>Library history award announcements.

>News from the American Library Association and other relevant associations.

>Profiles of LHRT members and other contemporary librarians of note.

>Calls for papers.

>Other types of items.

News stories are published as soon as possible to the “News” section of the site, and everyone following the blog will receive a notification.

Notes are short, informal essays about library history.  These essays can consist of:

>Brief research papers.

>Reviews of book, articles, films, websites, and digital technologies relevant to library history.

>Advice from seasoned library historians about research methods or theory applications (including question-and-answer papers).

>Summations of works in progress.

>Short biographical pieces about specific librarians in history.

>Short histories of library buildings.

>Overviews of library history primary source collections.

>Letters to the editor.

>Other types of items.

Notes are published as soon as they are reviewed and accepted by the editorial group, usually within a month.  Notes will be posted to a relevant section of the blog, please see the top menu bar for the various categories.

Style Guidelines:  All items should be grammatically correct and free from spelling errors.  Authors may choose to use an informal or formal writing style.  Use of first person is generally acceptable.  Any of the standard citation styles is acceptable.  Items of any word count will be considered but most notes are between 500-4000 words.

Editorial Process: The editor will review the item and may consult with library historians in making a decision about whether to publish (even though LHRT News and Notes is not a peer-reviewed journal).  The editor may ask authors to make changes before a final decision is made as to whether to publish.  If a submission is approved, the editor will post it, and the “Comments” feature on the blog allows interested readers to offer further constructive feedback to the author.

Invitation to Submit: LHRT members and non-members are invited to submit news items and notes.  Those new to the field of library history, including library school students, are strongly encouraged to submit.  The notes section of the blog seeks to serve much the same function as poster sessions at a conference, allowing new and experienced authors to float ideas out to a broader audience in a more concise, informal way than a scholarly journal, with the hope that some of the authors of the notes might then go on to expand their note into a full-blown research article.  Student work is considered; students at any level are encouraged to submit!

How to Submit: Please email your submission to our editorial board at  Please submit as a Microsoft Word file.  Inquires are welcome.

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