Podcast Interview with Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand [Circulating Ideas]

A special treat: Circulating Ideas recently conducted an interview with Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand, often referred to as the Dean of American Library Historians, available as a podcast and a transcript at: https://circulatingideas.com/2022/09/20/227-wayne-wiegand/

The synopsis from Circulating Ideas is “Steve chats with library historian Wayne Wiegand about how he came to the library profession, how to view historical figures and actions honestly (warts and all), the history of American libraries, the life and times of Melvil Dewey, and the vital places coffee and cats hold in American library history.”

Happy Banned Books Week!

Hello everyone,

This week is Banned Books week in the United States, and the American Library Association is mobilizing opposition to the recent surge in book ban attempts via the web site at: https://uniteagainstbookbans.org/

For some recent treatments specifically on the history of libraries and book bans:

National Geographic is featuring an article on the history of book censorship efforts with a connection to the present day:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/history-of-book-bans-in-the-united-states

Jennifer Wolf, a senior lecturer of education at Stanford University, addresses how current book bans relate to those of the past in this interview:

https://ed.stanford.edu/news/stanford-lecturer-explores-rise-book-bans-nazi-book-burnings-school-board-races

School Library Journal has compiled several podcasts about the past and present of book banning:

https://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/story/five-podcasts-discussing-book-banning

Do you know of other recent publications about the history of book banning in any country? If so, please email us at the blog at lhrtnewsandnotes@gmail.com

“Libraries are reimagining what public safety and access to resources look like” [Prism]

Tamar Sarai writes that “in addition to offering ways to redress past racist policies, the movement toward police-free libraries also confronts how libraries themselves have helped instill public faith in police through community programs like the nationwide book-sharing project Little Free Library (LFL).” Check out her full article that references the history of libraries and segregation in “Libraries are reimagining what public safety and access to resources look like” for Prism.

Correction to CFP: Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

Hello:

Please note the following correction to the CFP:

Instead of emailing a dissertation to a specific person as stated earlier, please use the web form linked to the bottom of the announcement to submit a dissertation.

Thank You!


FP: Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

Members of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of American Library Association (ALA) created the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award to recognize outstanding work in our field by emerging library historians. The committee for the selection of the 2023 Dain Dissertation Award winner is seeking submissions by January 18, 2023.

The full description of the Dain Award and the submission process follows and will be updated to reflect the current biennial cycle and available at:
http://www.ala.org/lhrt/awards/phyllis-dain-library-history-dissertation-award

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award
The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award is offered only in odd-numbered years. The Dain Award, named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history during any time period or region of the world. Five hundred dollars and a certificate are given for the best dissertation that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries.

Eligibility and Criteria
Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible. Dissertations accepted for completion of the doctorate in 2021and 2022 will be eligible for the 2023 award. Entries are judged on: clear definition of the research questions and/or hypotheses; use of appropriate primary resources; depth of research; superior quality of writing; and significance of the conclusions. The LHRT is particularly interested in dissertations that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.

Submissions and Selection
The award winner will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee appointed by the LHRT vice chair/chair elect. The winner will be informed before May 1 st and the winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1 st of the award year. A certificate honoring the author will be presented at the awards ceremony LHRT during the Annual Conference of ALA.

Submit one electronic copy of the approved and signed dissertation and a signed letter of support from the doctoral advisor or dissertation committee chair at the degree-granting institution. Submissions must be received by January 18, 2023. Please use the following form to submit: https://airtable.com/shrdiWv5YpvUjuunf

Call for Submissions: Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

Members of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of American Library Association (ALA) created the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award to recognize outstanding work in our field by emerging library historians. The committee for the selection of the 2023 Dain Dissertation Award winner is seeking submissions by January 18, 2023.

The full description of the Dain Award and the submission process follows and will be updated to reflect the current biennial cycle and available at:
http://www.ala.org/lhrt/awards/phyllis-dain-library-history-dissertation-award

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award
The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The award is offered only in odd-numbered years. The Dain Award, named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history during any time period or region of the world. Five hundred dollars and a certificate are given for the best dissertation that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries.

Eligibility and Criteria
Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible. Dissertations accepted for completion of the doctorate in 2021and 2022 will be eligible for the 2023 award. Entries are judged on: clear definition of the research questions and/or hypotheses; use of appropriate primary resources; depth of research; superior quality of writing; and significance of the conclusions. The LHRT is particularly interested in dissertations that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.

Submissions and Selection
The award winner will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee appointed by the LHRT vice chair/chair elect. The winner will be informed before May 1 st and the winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1 st of the award year. A certificate honoring the author will be presented at the awards ceremony LHRT during the Annual Conference of ALA.

Submit one electronic copy of the approved and signed dissertation and a signed letter of support from the doctoral advisor or dissertation committee chair at the degree-granting institution. Submissions must be received by January 18, 2023. Please use the following form to submit: https://airtable.com/shrdiWv5YpvUjuunf

The Birth of Electronic Cataloging–Corrected Post

Hi,

This is a re-post of an earlier post…I apparently forgot to include the link to the article in the original post😳🙂Here it is below… Best, Brett, Editor

 Travel back in time to 1971 and learn about Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library development of the first electronic catalog in this illustrated article that includes an interview and references to the scholarly literature! It also touches on some other historical themes at the path-breaking library…the picture of card catalog-based library instruction is wonderful.

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2021/09/university-libraries-extraordinary-legacy-first-library-world-catalog-online