For immediate release | July 18, 2023

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association announces Dr. Andrew Wertheimer as the inaugural winner of the Distinguished Service in Library History Award

CHICAGO - Established in 2022, the Distinguished Service in Library History Award honors the career of a person with a lifetime of scholarship and service in the field of library history. The award recipient will have a record of contributions that demonstrate length, breadth, and depth of involvement in library history. The recipient will have made a significant impact on the work of the Round Table or on the library history community at large.

Andrew Wertheimer is Associate Professor in the Library and Information Science Program of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The nominating and support letters emphasize the many years Dr. Wertheimer has devoted to library history, including his notable service within LHRT. His contributions include Chair of LHRT, serving on the editorial board of Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, and on a number of LHRT committees. Letters of support for Dr. Wertheimer enthusiastically affirm the work he has done with LHRT and the Library History Seminar over the years. In addition to his exemplary service, he is the author of numerous publications on library history and has presented on the subject at many conferences and events. Dr. Wertheimer's career embodies the epitome of service to the field of library history.

Members of the award committee were John Budd, Cindy Mediavilla, and Hermina Anghelescu.

About the Library History Round Table

Founded in 1947, LHRT is an inclusive and diverse organization that supports anyone who is interested in the history of libraries and librarianship. It facilitates communication, provides thought-provoking programs, offers awards for outstanding research, and is active in issues, such as preservation, that concern all library historians. For more information, visit

About the American Library Association

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Emily Spunaugle

Chair, LHRT