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For Immediate Release
August 7, 2007

 

The Library History Round Table announces 2007 award recipients

 

CHICAGO - The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2007 winners of the Justin Winsor Prize Essay Award and the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award honoring the best writers on the topic of library history.

 

The 2007 recipient of the Justin Winsor Prize Essay is Dr. Jean L. Preer, an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science in Indianapolis, for her work on "Promoting Citizenship: Librarians Help Get Out the Vote in the 1952 Presidential Election.”  The Justin Winsor Prize Essay is presented to recognize the best essay written in English in the field of library history, including the history of libraries, librarianship and book culture.   As is customary, Dr. Peer has been invited to have her paper published in “Libraries & the Cultural Record,” which the Justin Winsor Prize Committee considers an important part of the award.

 

The 2007 recipient of the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award is Carl Ostrowski for “Books, Maps, and Politics: a Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861” (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004).  This award is presented every third year to recognize the best book written in English in the field of library history, including the history of libraries, librarianship and book culture. The award bears the name of Eliza Atkins Gleason, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

 

The Library History Round Table facilitates communication among scholars and students of library history, supports research in library history and is active in issues that

 

concern library historians such as preservation. The Round Table sponsors conferences, publishes a newsletter and presents the Justin Winsor Prize and the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award to promote excellence in library history research. In 1999, LHRT marked its 50th year of library history scholarship and activism.

 

For more information on the Library History Round Table please visit http://www.ala.org/lhrt.