Library History Round Table (LHRT)

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The Library History Round Table of the American Library Association exists to facilitate communication among scholars and students of library...

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LHRT awards honor dissertations, articles, and books that make notable contributions to the library history field.

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LHRT oversees the publication of Libraries: Culture, History, and Society and LHRT News and Notes.

LHRT encourages research and publication on library history and promotes awareness and discussion of historical issues in librarianship.

LHRT at ALA Annual Conference

If you’re planning to attend the ALA Annual Conference in San Diego, please keep in mind the following events we have planned.

Saturday, June 29


LHRT group tour of San Diego Public Library’s collections of Californiana, with an emphasis on library history

San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd

(a sign-up sheet will be made available closer to the date)

7:00 PM

Saturday group dinner: LHRT

Location TBD

(a sign-up sheet will be made available closer to the date)

Sunday, June 30 

11:00 am (location TBD, but in the Convention Center)

Edmund G. Holley Memorial Lecture: Jorge Leal speaks on Rock Archivo de LÁ, the online “archive of Southern California’s Latinx youth and musical cultures”

Call for Award Submissions

Check back at a later date for future calls for award submissions.

 Libraries: Culture, History, and Society

Libraries: Culture, History, and Society (LCHS) is  peer-reviewed publication of the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association and the Penn State University Press, LCHS is available in print and online via JSTOR and Project Muse.

The only journal in the United States devoted to library history, LCHS positions library history as its own field of scholarship, while bringing together scholars from many disciplines to examine the history of libraries as institutions, collections, and services, as well as the experiences of library employees and users. There are no limits of time period or geography, and libraries of every type are included (private, public, corporate, academic, and school libraries, and special collections). In addition to Library Science, the journal welcomes contributors from History, English, Literary Studies, Education, Sociology,  Gender/Women’s Studies, Race/Ethnic Studies, Political Science, Architecture, and other disciplines.
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through LCHS’s Editorial Manager system at . They must also conform to the instructions for authors at New scholars, and authors whose work is in the "idea" stage, are welcomed to contact the editors if they would like guidance prior to submission.    

For further questions, please contact the editors:
Bernadette Lear,
Eric Novotny,


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