Library History Round Table Awards

Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award

The Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award is presented by the ALA Library History Round Table and named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker. It recognizes outstanding dissertations in English in the general area of library history. $500 and a certificate are given for a work that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries. The biennial award is given in odd-numbered years. Dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years are eligible; e.g., dissertations from 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 will compete for the award in 2015.

Deadline: January 16, 2015

Donald G. Davis Article Award

The Donald G. Davis Article Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association every second year to recognize the best published article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history. The award honors Donald G. Davis, longtime professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas and editor of Libraries & Culture (formerly Journal of Library History, Philosophy, and Comparative Librarianship). A major contributor to the field, Dr. Davis has authored numerous historical articles, advised many notable Ph.D. dissertations, compiled important bibliographies, and edited both the Encyclopedia of Library History (with Wayne Wiegand) and the Dictionary of American Library Biography, Second Supplement. Articles published during the two preceding calendar years are eligible; e.g., articles from 2012 and 2013 may be nominated for the 2014 award.

Deadline: January 20, 2014

Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award

The Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association every third year to recognize the best book written in English in the field of library history. The award bears the name of Eliza Atkins Gleason, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Library Science, from University of Chicago in 1940. Her book, The Southern Negro and the Public Library (Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1941), traced the history of library service to African Americans up to that time and laid the foundation for all subsequent scholarship on that aspect of library history. Books published in the three preceding calendar years are eligible; e.g. books that appeared in 2013, 2014, or 2015 will be eligible for the award in 2016.

Deadline: January 16, 2016

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.

Deadline: January 31, 2014