Last Chance — Library History Seminar 2021

Hi all —


Library History Seminar is fast approaching! If you’ve registered for the conference, please watch your e-mail (and junk?) files over the next few days for messages from Event Brite. These will contain the Zoom URLs for the conference. If you haven’t registered, but are considering attending, see the conference program and register right away!  


Also, there are still opportunities to speak at our 2 “Lightning Rounds.” If you would like to participate, see the descriptions of each program below and get in contact with either Ellen Pozzi or Bernadette Lear by 5:00 p.m. Eastern tomorrow. 


On Thursday, June 10th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern, “Bring Your Own Book” will feature colleagues who have authored library-related books since the last LHS in 2015. Speakers will have up to 5 minutes each to talk about their work, including their topics, methods, conclusions, interesting anecdotes, and whatever else they would like to share. If you’re interested in presenting at Bring Your Own Book, please contact Ellen Pozzi (POZZIE@wpunj.edu). 


On Friday, June 11th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern, “Collector’s Corner” will celebrate the historical material culture of libraries. Speakers will show-and-tell library-related artifacts and obsolete technologies from their institutional or personal collections. Each person will have up to 5 minutes each to talk about their items’ features, history, and whatever else they would like to share. If you’re interested in presenting at Collector’s Corner, please contact Bernadette A. Lear (BAL19@psu.edu).


Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!
Bernadette  🙂

Bernadette A. Lear (she/her/hers/Ms.)

Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian, Harrisburg

Affiliate Faculty, Education Library and Pennsylvania Center for the Book, University ParkBAL19@psu.edu – 717-948-6360
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9576-0704

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

http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_LCHS.html 

Contributor to the Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvaniahttps://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/literary-cultural-heritage-maps-pa

Conference Program for Library History Seminar

Hi friends —

Great news: the conference program for Library History Seminar is now openly available on Google Docs at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YEzn_4u24sKT07DUFM3JfcUN_jJTwB_FgPKup2jj9ZA/edit?usp=sharing

If you were waiting to register, pending more details about events, hesitate no more! On pg. 3, there is a “Schedule at a Glance” which will assist you in planning. Note that all event times are Eastern/New York time and that the conference is running in the afternoon and early evening (Eastern/New York).

Also, we are seeking speakers for 2 fun “Lightening Round /Social Events” at the Seminar:

On Thursday, June 10th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern, “Bring Your Own Book” will feature colleagues who have authored library-related books since the last LHS in 2015. Speakers will have up to 5 minutes each to talk about their work, including their topics, methods, conclusions, interesting anecdotes, and whatever else they would like to share. If you’re interested in presenting at Bring Your Own Book, please contact Ellen Pozzi (POZZIE@wpunj.edu) no later than Sunday, June 6.

On Friday, June 11th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern, “Collector’s Corner” will celebrate the historical material culture of libraries. Speakers will show-and-tell library-related artifacts and obsolete technologies from their institutional or personal collections. Each person will have up to 5 minutes each to talk about their items’ features, history, and whatever else they would like to share. If you’re interested in presenting at Collector’s Corner, please contact Bernadette A. Lear (BAL19@psu.edu) no later than Sunday, June 6.

Attendance for Library History Seminar is capped at 500. Also, Zoom URLs and other logistical information will sent to registrants via Event Brite. So if you want to attend, be sure to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-history-seminar-xiv-libraries-without-borders-tickets-149151493131

Looking forward to seeing you at the Seminar —

Bernadette 🙂

Bernadette A. Lear (she/her/hers/Ms.)

Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian, Harrisburg

Affiliate Faculty, Education Library and Pennsylvania Center for the Book, University Park

BAL19@psu.edu – 717-948-6360
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9576-0704

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

http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_LCHS.html

Contributor to the Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania

https://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/literary-cultural-heritage-maps-pa

University of Cape Town Jagger Library Suffers Devastation to Historical Collections

A Wildfire Has Gutted the University of Cape Town Library and Its Priceless African Studies Collection
The devastation raises important questions about improving remote access to scholarship
(Naomi Rea, ARTNET)

S.Africa’s UCT campus salvaging books from burned library (Wendell Roelf, Reuters)

Jagger Reading Room: the historical cost of Cape Town’s fires (Kelly Mutizira, Daily Vox)

UCT has a page set up that allows us to send a financial contribution, message of support/prayer, or other assistance at:

http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/jagger-recovery

And Our Next Virtual Exhibit Is…

Enjoy the latest submission to our new column dedicated to virtual exhibits of library history:

Serving Students: A History of Milner’s Library (Illinois State University)

By Angela Bonnell

Click https://lhrt.news/exhibits/ and scroll down the page to learn more about Ange. V. Milner, a forward-thinking librarian who integrated her library into the college curriculum and created a tradition of displaying student work in the library!

Library History Seminar–Register for Free Today!

Hi friends —


I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for Library History Seminar (LHS), the special conference of ALA’s Library History Round Table. Held every 5 years since 1961, this year’s seminar will take place virtually from Thursday, June 10th through Saturday, June 12th, 2021. While it is free, seating is limited, so please register today!:


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-history-seminar-xiv-libraries-without-borders-tickets-149151493131

LHS will begin with a Keynote Address by Dr. Renate Chancellor, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America, who will speak on “‘The Hill We Climb’: Towards Equity and Inclusion in Library and Information Science.” Dr. Chancellor’s research focuses on human information behavior and social justice. Her recent publications include E.J. Josey: Transformational Leader in the Modern Library Profession (2020) and a forthcoming book on Clara Stanton Jones. 


In addition, LHS will feature 4 “Invited Speakers” programs, geared toward students, new historians, and not-so-new historians who wish to learn new skills:


*Short Form Library History: Writing Book Reviews, Blog Posts, and Newsletter Articles

*Getting Your Library History Research Published:  Journal Editors Tell All (or Most!)

*Getting Started with Library History Research: Biographical, Institutional, and International

*Writing Library History for General Audiences: Q&A with Children’s Nonfiction Authors


Last but never least, more than 30 scholars will present research papers on topics ranging from the history of outreach and instruction in various library contexts, to ALA leaders like Jennie Flexner, to the development of Marian (Christian) libraries, to British men’s experiences as academic librarians, to the influence of occult literature on cinema — and more. There will be some lightning talks / social events as well. 


A finalized schedule will be posted in a few weeks at LHS web site, https://sites.google.com/oakland.edu/libhistsem/home .

In the meantime, register, keep in touch, and share the news! 


Looking forward to seeing you in June!

Bernadette  🙂

Bernadette A. Lear (she/her/hers/Ms.)

Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian, Harrisburg

Affiliate Faculty, Education Library and Pennsylvania Center for the Book, University ParkBAL19@psu.edu – 717-948-6360
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9576-0704

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

http://www.psupress.org/Journals/jnls_LCHS.html 

Contributor to the Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvaniahttps://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/literary-cultural-heritage-maps-pa