For immediate release | December 20, 2016

Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award now accepting submissions for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award, an award recognizing the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th-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.

Manuscripts submitted should not be previously published, previously submitted for publication or under consideration for publication or another award. To be considered, essays should embody original historical research on a significant topic in library history, be based on primary sources whenever possible and use good English composition and superior style. The Library History Round Table is particularly interested in works that place the subject within its broader historical, social, cultural and political context and make interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information studies.
Essays should be organized in a form similar to that of articles published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, with footnotes, spelling and punctuation conforming to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers should not exceed thirty-five typewritten, double-spaced pages (plus footnotes and bibliography).
Applicants must send five copies of the manuscript or submit electronically. The name and other information identifying the author should appear only on a separate cover letter. Applications must be received by Feb. 15, 2017. The application deadline is firm and any submissions received after the deadline will not be forwarded to the committee. Receipt will be confirmed with four business days.


Kelsey Henke

Program Officer

Kelsey Henke

Office of Research and Statistics