LHRT presents the 2022 Gleason Book Award to Rebecka Taves Sheffield

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/26/2022


Allison G. Kaplan

Chair, Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee

Library History Round Table (LHRT)


CHICAGO — The Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee of the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to present the 2022 Gleason Book Award to Rebecka Taves Sheffield, a senior policy advisor for the Archives of Ontario, for "'Documenting Rebellions: A Study of Four Lesbian and Gay Archives in Queer Times" (Litwin Books, 2020). Presented every third year, the Gleason Award recognizes the best book written in English in the field of library history. First given in 2004, this award honors the professional contributions of Dr. Eliza Atkins Gleason, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Library Science (University of Chicago, 1940).

The Gleason Award Committee was impressed with the caliber of this year’s 11 nominees and consider this round of awards to include the greatest number of nominees in the history of the award. The Committee would like to congratulate the scholars making such important contributions to the field, and we would similarly like to thank the individuals who brought these works to our attention.

As the title suggests, "Documenting Rebellions: A Study of Four Lesbian and Gay Archives in Queer Times" presents a five-year case study of four unique archives in North America: The Lesbian Herstory Archives (New York, New York), The ONE National Gay and Lesbian archives (Los Angeles, California), the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives (West Hollywood, California), and the ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives (Toronto, Ontario).  With engaging text, Dr. Sheffield weaves a story of collecting, archiving, and respecting the history of this seriously underrepresented population within the social context of recent history from the late 20th to the early 21st centuries.  

The Committee members are pleased to be able to recognize this work that is likely to serve as a seminal resource for historians and archivists in the years to come and congratulate Dr. Sheffield for this valuable contribution to the professional scholarship of library history.

Committee Members
Dr. Allison G. Kaplan (Chair) Distinguished Faculty Associate Emerita, Information School, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dr. Carol A. Leibiger, Associate Professor, Information Literacy Coordinator, University of South Dakota
Dr. Catherine Jane Minter, Associate Librarian, Indiana University
Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, School of Information, Florida State University
Ms. Catherine Elizabeth MacKendrick (Student Observer, University of Illinois)