CFP: LHRT Round Table Research Forum, ALA 2018

“Historical Perspectives on Marginalized Peoples and Libraries”

Library History Round Table (LHRT) Research Forum, June 2018

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks papers for its Research Forum at the 2018 ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018. The theme of the Forum will be the history of marginalized peoples and libraries. Subjects may include—but are not limited to—historical studies of:

  • Library services for native and indigenous people
  • Library services for new immigrants
  • Literacy, languages, and libraries in relation to marginalized populations
  • Language or cultural inclusion or suppression in libraries

LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including students, faculty, and practitioners. Proposals are due by midnight (PST) on Jan. 15, 2018.  Each proposal must give the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the scholar’s one-page vita. Also, please indicate whether the research is in-progress or completed. It is desirable that the abstract include a problem or thesis, as well as a statement of significance, objectives, methods/primary sources used for the research, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for works in progress).

From the submissions, the LHRT Research Committee will select two authors to present their completed work at the Forum.  So that the Forum’s facilitator may introduce and react to each author, completed papers are due June 1, 2018. The Research Forum will likely occur on Sunday, June 24, 2016. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at





Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:

Jenny Bossaller

LHRT Vice-Chair/Research Committee Chair

University of Missouri

303 Townsend Hall

Columbia, MO 65205



History of American Archives

Did you know October is American Archives Month? Join LHRT News and Notes in saluting American archives by browsing these links on archival history:

Revival: History of the American Archival History Roundtable Newsletter (2017)–great news, SAA is re-launching this key publication!

Bibliography of American Archival History  (Society of American Archivists)–the starting point for research on archives.

American Archivist Journal Back Files–trace the development of the archival profession with open access back files to many issues of this venerable journal.

ALA Archives: American Archives Month–Cara Bertram highlights the ALA Archives activities.

Patty Reinert Mason ‘s CSPAN Talk–the history of the National Archives building and its rich symbolism.

The History of Archives: The State of the Discipline (ABSTRACT)–an 2015 overview of archival history by Elizabeth Yale, check your institution’s Project Muse subscription for full text.

Archival Arrangement and Description: Analog to DigitalLois Hamill’s book, available as partial view on Google Books, offers a concise history of archival practice.

Closing an Era: Historical Perspectives on Modern Archives and Records Management–Richard J. Cox’s  2000 book available as partial view in Google Books.

Why not research the history of your favorite archives–and write up a short post about it for LHRT News and Notes?

All the Best,









Request for Site Proposals: Library History Seminar XIIII (2020)

Request for Site Proposals: Library History Seminar XIIII (2020)

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is issuing a request for proposals for an institutional host for Library History Seminar XIIII to take place in the year 2020.
History and Overview

The Library History Seminar (LHS) was established in 1961 and has become the most prestigious international conference dedicated to the study of the history of librarianship. The LHS takes place every five years. The conference often attracts over 100 scholars from across the United States and abroad. Papers from past conferences have been published as a special issue of the journals Information and Culture, Library Trends, and also in monograph form.

LHRT’s Executive Committee will make the final decision at the ALA midwinter meeting in February  2018. Executive committee members will select a site primarily based on written proposals received by the deadline of January 15, 2018.

The host institution finances the Library History Seminar using grants, gifts, internal budget allocations and registration fees. Previous conferences featured a limited number of scholarships for graduate students. LHRT may also provide a small grant for scholarships. It is imperative that proposals include information on budgeting the conference, and potential sources of funding to make the seminar possible.

The LHRT Executive Committee recommends that applicants include a theme in the proposal, but emphasizes that this is an important scholarly forum that should provide ample opportunities for historical research presentations on other aspects of library history in its widest scope, and encourage diversity of speakers in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender and subject specialty while also maintaining LHS’s high standards for historical research.

Please send your proposal by January 15, 2018 in electronic form (as either MS Word attachment or as plain e-mail text) to Ellen Pozzi at
The document should be 2 to 5 pages long. Proposals will be distributed to all members of the LHRT Executive Committee. Please e-mail any questions to Ellen Pozzi at the above e-mail address.

Application Outline

Proposal to Host Library History Seminar XIIII (2020)

Committee Chair

Committee Members:

Institutional Sponsor:

Potential Co-sponsors:

Planned number of days:

Proposed dates:

Conference Location:
[Please provide specific details, including whether the conference facility would be a private or public space. How many meeting rooms will be available for the LHS and specify fees. Please also briefly address transportation issues relating to the location (i.e., what is the closest major airport and how does one get to/from there and the conference location).]

[Please specify what hotel/dormitory facilities are available within walking range of the conference location.]

Financial and Institutional Support:
This section will understandably be rough and tentative, but the committee wants to see that the host will be able to arrange clerical support to take care of publicity and handle reservations. Please also propose an estimated registration fee.

The committee also encourages the host to look for internal/external grants to support the seminar. The host will be responsible for securing these grants. Grants make it possible to keep registration fees affordable, and bring graduate students and keynote speakers. Please list possible sources of grants or other income you might approach in order to finance the seminar.


Proposed Conference Theme and Proposed Keynote Speaker(s) (Optional)


Number of Potential Concurrent Programs (Suggested)


Proposed Timeline:

  •             [Date to Finalize LHS dates]
  •             [Proposed date to issue the Call for Papers]
  •             [Proposed due-date for the Call for Papers]
  •             [Proposed deadline for decisions on selected papers]
  •             [Proposed registration deadline]

Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:

Ellen Pozzi

Your consideration and submissions are greatly appreciated.

Ellen Pozzi

Immediate Past Chair,


CFP: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

CFP: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut

Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by October 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL,  LAST NAME on subject line to:

The Rachel Maddow Show Covers American Public Library Integration

Dr. Wayne Wiegand recently noted on the LHRT list that the Tougaloo Nine, the brave protestors who helped integrate Mississippi’s public libraries, had received coverage on one of MSNBC’s most popular shows:

The Jackson-Hinds County (MS) Public Library hosted a celebration of the Tougaloo Nine recently, and Rachel Maddow highlighted their event on her program.

Dr. Wiegand and his wife have book coming out in March 2018 about the integration of Southern public libraries, and they are encouraging other public libraries to commemorate the advocates of integration.

They are also encouraging library history writers to research the issue of race in libraries.  Dr. Wiegand notes that in his book he and his wife “cover only a fraction of the 1960s public library desegregation efforts in the South, almost nothing about the issue of race in 20th century librarianship’s practices in other parts of the country. We encourage you all to give these subjects serious consideration as you all plan future research agendas; there are scores of stories about race and librarianship that remain uncovered and thus unaddressed.”  Let’s rally to his call and publish some papers on the blog about this key issue.

Best Wishes,