LHRT encourages research and publication on library history and promotes awareness and discussion of historical issues in librarianship.
Call for Submissions to 2024 ALA LHRT Research Forum: Trouble, Trouble, Trouble
The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks proposals for its annual Research Forum, to be held in advance of the 2024 ALA Annual Meeting.
To accommodate as many LHRT members as possible, the 2024 LHRT Research Forum will be held virtually on a date to be determined in early-to-mid June 2024.
The theme of the Forum is “Trouble, Trouble, Trouble.” The Forum will examine libraries facing internal or external crises around the globe and across centuries. Each speaker will be asked to present for approximately 20 minutes, with a 10-minute Q&A to follow.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, histories of:
- Censorship, book banning, book burning
- Libraries during wars and wartime conditions
- Institutional financial difficulties and funding issues
- Natural disasters and their impact on libraries and services
- Survival and loss of libraries and staff
- Disinformation and the spread of disinformation
LHRT welcomes submissions from researchers of all backgrounds, including library students, practitioners, faculty, independent researchers, and those retired from the field. LHRT especially encourages submissions from early-career researchers.
Each proposal must give the paper title, an abstract (up to 500 words), and the presenter’s one-page vita. Please indicate in the abstract whether the research is in-progress or completed.
The LHRT Research Committee will select up to three authors to present their completed work at the Forum. Proposals are due January 31; successful proposals will be notified shortly thereafter. Completed papers are due May 31.
Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to Alea Henle, LHRT Vice Chair/Research Committee Chair, at email@example.com.
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Call for Award Submissions
Submissions for the Donald G. Davis Article Award will be due February 16, 2024. Articles written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history that were published January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023 may be nominated for the 2024 award.
Submissions for the Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award will be due February 23, 2024. 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.
Submissions for the Innovation and Advocacy in Library History Award will be due March 29, 2024. Individuals or organizations may be nominated for any projects or contributions such as, but not limited to, websites, library guides, and exhibitions (virtual or physical).
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