Second Call for Essays/Contributions: LHRT at 75

In Summer 2022, we invited past and present members to send us brief essays, photos, videos, and other documentation of their experiences with LHRT.  Happily, the next issue of LCHS will include material from 5 contributors, and that the blog will include an oral history interview with longtime LHRT member Ed Goedeken. 

We are very grateful for the submissions we’ve received so far, but they are only a starting point. With this second call, we encourage all members to share their stories. At this point, we have only 2 contributions from women; only 1 contribution from someone younger than 60; no contributions from members who work (or worked) primarily outside of academia; no contributions from Black, Latina/o/x, Asian, Native, or other persons of color; and no contributions from LGBTQ+ members. We want to ensure that multiple generations and members of diverse backgrounds are included as we try to share and collectively reflect upon LHRT’s history. So, if you have stories to tell or insights to share, please contact us at!

Essays for consideration in volume 7, number 2, of LCHS are due by Friday, March 10, 2023. Submissions should be 500-3,000 words (roughly 2-7 pages, 12-point font, double-spaced) and written in the first-person point of view. Citations/endnotes are not required unless there are quotations. Deadlines and formatting for submissions to LHRT News and Notes are flexible. All submissions will be editorially reviewed. Selected multimedia items will be added to either the journal or the blog as the platforms allow. We welcome digital photos; scans of historic documents, scans of conference programs and artifacts; and digital videos or podcasts of former or current LHRT members sharing their reminiscences. Constructive criticism of LHRT is welcome but should be delivered with civility and respect. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

*Personal accounts of, or reflections on, initiatives, events, decades, moments, or people in LHRT’s history

*Gender, race, class, and other perspectives on being a member or leader in LHRT 

*LHRT’s impacts on professional, scholarly, and/or personal trajectories

*LHRT’s contributions to library history, LIS, and other disciplines

*Paths not taken or lost opportunities in LHRT

*Lessons learned and insights gained from LHRT’s history

*Lessons learned from personal involvement in LHRT

*Hopes for LHRT’s present and future

*Words of wisdom for future members and leaders of LHRT

For questions, please contact the LCHS editors, Bernadette A. Lear ( and Eric C. Novotny (, and/or LHRT News and Notes editor Brett Spencer (

Looking forward to everyone’s submissions!

Bernadette  🙂

Bernadette A. Lear 

Education, Behavioral Sciences, and Social Sciences Librarian

Penn State University Libraries | 717-948-6360

Administrator, Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania

Co-Editor, Libraries: Culture, History, and Society

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Children and Libraries

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