About the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award
The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president. It consists of a certificate and a $500 cash award, as well as an invitation to have the winner's essay considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of History. If the winning essay is accepted for publication, additional revisions may be required.
Ashley Maynor received the award for her essay "All the World’s Memory: Implications for the Internet as Archive and Portal for Our Cultural Heritage."
Ashley Maynor received the award for her essay "All the World’s Memory: Implications for the Internet as Archive and Portal for Our Cultural Heritage." The award committee was impressed by the range of the paper, its careful and comprehensive coverage and documentation of its sources and the masterly way in which it weaves together descriptions of projects as diverse as Otlet’s Encyclopædia microphotica mundaneum, Resnais’ "Toute la mémoire du monde," Bush’s Memex and LC’s American memory project. The paper delineates a strong and continuing urge to grapple with the many problems of preserving the human record using all available technologies.