💥LHRT Informational Session–Today!

Hi Blog Subscribers,

Swing by today for another opportunity to learn about LHRT membership! Details are below…


Want to get more involved with LHRT this year? Curious about committee appointments, but not sure what to expect? Join us for one of two virtual informational sessions to hear from past and present LHRT volunteers. Sign up using EventBrite here:

Volunteer for LHRT! Info Session #1: Wednesday, August 10 12:00-1:00p EDT
Volunteer for LHRT! Info Session #2: Thursday, August 11 3:00-4:00p EDT

This year’s committee opportunities include:

  • Communications Committee (including Webmaster)
  • Distinguished Service in Library History Award Committee NEW!
  • Innovation and Advocacy in Library History NEW!
  • Donald G. Davis Article Award Committee
  • Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee
  • Justin Winsor Library History Essay Prize Committee
  • DEI Statement and Action Plan Committee NEW!

No previous service experience? No worries! All you need is a current LHRT membership.

If you have questions about these sessions, please feel free to contact me directly at spunaugle@oakland.edu.

Hope to see you there!

Emily D. Spunaugle (she / her)

Chair, ALA Library History Round Table

Assistant Professor

Oakland University Libraries

248-370-2498 spunaugle@oakland.edu

Where Did “Libraries of Things” Come From?

Roy Rivenburg discusses libraries offering non-book “things” in a recent piece in Christian Science Monitor, quoting Dr. Wayne Wiegand. Rivenburg discovers that the “the history of American libraries isn’t as bookcentric as many assume”, referencing back to one early library that offered a boxing ring. Check it out below!:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2022/0803/What-can-a-library-card-get-you-Try-a-popcorn-maker-or-ukulele

Learn about Volunteering for LHRT!

Hello Blog Subscribers:

Please see below for a special invitation from Emily D. Spunaugle, Chair of LHRT.


Want to get more involved with LHRT this year? Curious about committee appointments, but not sure what to expect? Join us for one of two virtual informational sessions to hear from past and present LHRT volunteers. Sign up using EventBrite here:

Volunteer for LHRT! Info Session #1: Wednesday, August 10 12:00-1:00p EDT
Volunteer for LHRT! Info Session #2: Thursday, August 11 3:00-4:00p EDT

This year’s committee opportunities include:

  • Communications Committee (including Webmaster)
  • Distinguished Service in Library History Award Committee NEW!
  • Innovation and Advocacy in Library History NEW!
  • Donald G. Davis Article Award Committee
  • Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee
  • Justin Winsor Library History Essay Prize Committee
  • DEI Statement and Action Plan Committee NEW!

No previous service experience? No worries! All you need is a current LHRT membership.

If you have questions about these sessions, please feel free to contact me directly at spunaugle@oakland.edu.

Hope to see you there!

Emily D. Spunaugle (she / her)

Chair, ALA Library History Round Table

Assistant Professor

Oakland University Libraries

248-370-2498 spunaugle@oakland.edu

A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering [Smithsonian Institute]

Want a few minutes of pure fascination? Check out the Smithsonian Institute’s video: “Ellen G. K. Rubin discovered pop-up and movable books when she began reading them to her sons over 25 years ago. Today, she has more than 6,500 books and thousands of uncataloged movable ephemera. While at Yale Medical School’s Physican Associate program in 1987, she attended the Sterling Library’s exhibition on the history of movable books. It was there that she learned about the scholarly dimensions of her passion.” Video is below and even more information on this book genre at this site.

Potential research project for a library historian: what implications did the rise of pop-up books have for library collections?