Library History Round Table Meetings and Programs

2014 Midwinter Executive Committee Meeting

  • Held via Skype at 2:00 PM on January 11th.

2013 Annual Meeting - Chicago, IL


ALA Library History Round Table Executive Board Meeting |



8:30 AM

10:00 AM

HRM-Jackson Park 10D

ALA LHRT Edward G. Holley Lecture: Library of Power, Library of Enlightenment: Libraries as Foundations to the Modern State 1400-1800 |



10:30 AM

11:30 AM


History on Fire! How Libraries Mitigate Loss of the Cultural Record Due to Disaster or Destruction (ACRL RBMS) |



1:00 PM

2:30 PM


Library History as American History |



3:00 PM

4:00 PM



HRM: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
MCP: McCormick Place Convention Center

Program Descriptions: 

Edward G. Holley Lecture: Dr. Jacob Soll

Prize-winning author and history scholar Dr. Jacob Soll from the University of Southern California will be presenting the lecture.  Dr. Soll has authored two books, Publishing the Prince: History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism (University of Michigan Press, 2005), which won the American Philosophical Society’s Barzun Prize, and The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s Secret State Intelligence System (University of Michigan Press, 2009). Dr. Soll is also a recent winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. Dr. Soll will discuss the history of the role of libraries and information technology in the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries.

History on Fire! How Libraries Mitigate Loss of the Cultural Record Due to Disaster or Destruction (Co-Sponosored with the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscript Section)

A panel discussion on how historians and archivists can inform researchers, mitigate the loss of  rare and unique items, and rebuild (insofar as possible).  Librarians and archivists will address these topics from both historical and practical perspectives.

LHRT Research Forum 

LHRT’s upcoming Research Forum promises to be a thought-provoking event. Please join us on Sunday, June 30th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in McCormick Place, room S404d. Three scholars will present the fascinating findings of their latest projects. The event will start with Nancy B. Dupree of the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa who will discuss the fate of the private library of a Calvinist pastor from Savannah, Georgia. Her paper is entitled "The Life and Death of a Library: John Joachim Zubly and the American Revolution." Next, Brian C. McNerney of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum will revisit an important era for federal involvement in libraries with a paper on "Library Legislation as the Enemy of Ignorance: Lyndon Johnson's Library Initiatives." Finally, Geoffrey Little of Concordia University will describe students’ successful protests against proposed plans for a “radically reconceived” college library and changes to nearby green space. His paper is entitled "A Campus is for Students, So We Must Help Plan It: Student Activism and Library Design at Yale, 1968-1969."

Dr. Jacob Soll