The Library History Round Table announces 2009 Dain Award Recipient

Contact: Norman Rose

Program Officer

Office for Research & Statistics


For Immediate Release

August 18, 2009

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) has announced the 2009 winner of the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award, which recognizes outstanding dissertations in the area of library history.

The 2009 recipient is Karen J. Cook for her essay "Freedom Libraries in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project: A History." Ms. Cook’s dissertation was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the College of Communication and Information Sciences in the Graduate School of the University of Alabama. She was recognized at the LHRT Research Forum at this year’s past Annual Conference in Chicago.

The award is named in honor of Phyllis Dain, a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and a thinker with great breadth of vision. Awarded every two years, the award is given for an outstanding dissertation that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of books, libraries, librarianship or information science.

The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association exists to facilitate communication among scholars and students of library history, to support research in library history, and to be active in issues, such as preservation, that concern library historians. The Round Table sponsors conferences, publishes a newsletter, and presents prizes such as the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award to promote excellence in library history research. In 2009, LHRT marked its 60th year of library history scholarship and activism.