Library History Round Table Meetings and Programs

Library History Roundtable (LHRT) Annual Conference Sessions: ALA Las Vegas, 2014

Meeting name Day
Time
Room
ALA Library History Round Table Executive Board Meeting Sun, June 29
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
LVCC-N225
LHRT Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture: The Business of Lectures: An Itinerant History of Public Culture in Nineteenth-Century America Sun, June 29
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
LVCC-N237
LHRT Research Forum: The Library and the City - Historical Perspectives Sun, June 29
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
LVCC-N240
Speaking about "the Speaker" Mon, June 30
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
LVCC-N253
Tribes and Scribes: Native American and WPA Historical Research Mon, June 30
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
LVCC-N232

Location:

LVCC - Las Vegas Convention Center

LHRT Executive Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 30th, 8:30-10:00 a.m., LVCC-N225

The annual business meeting for the Library History Round Table. All members and guests are invited to attend. Watch ALA Connect for the agenda and related documents.

LHRT Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture

Sunday, June 29th, 10:30-11:30 a.m., LVCC-N237

Title: "The Business of Lectures: An Itinerant History of Public Culture in Nineteenth-Century America"
Speaker: Thomas Augst, New York University

Following the transatlantic career of a uniquely successful temperance advocate across spaces and platforms of mass communication, this paper maps the development of the public lecture as a civic institution and a professional enterprise.

LHRT Research Forum

Title: "The Library and the City, Historical Perspectives"

Sunday, June 29th, 3:00-4:00 p.m., LVCC-N240

Speakers: Karl Pettit, Northern Illinois University; Hal Grossman, Hunter College; and Suzanne Stauffer, Louisiana State University

Speakers will present recent scholarship on the history of libraries and cities. Topics include the Public Library in the town of Pullman, IL in 1883; librarians' response to open admissions and the City University of New York in the 1970s; and Utah's Library-Gymnasium movement in 1907-1912.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) Program, Co-Sponsored by LHRT

Title: "The Speaker"

Monday, June 30th, 1:00-2:30 p.m., LVCC-N253

Speakers: Robert Wedgeworth, past ALA Executive Director; Beverly Lynch, University of California Los Angeles; and Mark McCallon, Abilene Christian University

In 1977, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee released "The Speaker," a film that led to unprecedented rancor, division, and discussion within the association. Controversy over the film dominated the 1977 Annual Conference in Detroit, and nearly 40 years later, strong opinions remain about the process and the end product. We invite you to attend this screening of the film, followed by a panel that will address the controversy, and a chance for attendees to give their thoughts.

ALA Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) Program, Co-sponsored by LHRT

Title: "Tribes and Scribes: Native American and WPA Historical Research"

Monday, June 30th, 1:00-2:30 p.m., LVCC-N232

Speakers: Marie Concannon, University of Missouri-Columbia; Sandra McAninch, University of Kentucky; Kristine Stilwell, Troy University; and Brandon Burnette, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

This session will feature two presentations highlighting unique historical resources from the federal government. After seventy years, The Work Projects Administration Historical Records Survey (WPA HRS) remains one of the best discovery tools for government records from the 1700s through the early 1940s.   Learn what the HRS is and what it has to offer historians and genealogists.  Public access to HRS volumes is easier now due to work conducted at the University of Kentucky Library.  We’ll also give strategies on how to track down present-day locations of archival material described in the HRS. Then, learn about materials from the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Census, the Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs as well as other documents and publications pertaining to Native Americans.