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.

Call for Peer Reviewers

As part of the process of disseminating the research from the Library History Seminar XIV, “Libraries beyond Borders,” hosted by the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) in summer 2021, we are recruiting volunteers to serve on our review board to peer review essays to be featured in a collection. This book is being edited by Steven A. Knowlton, Ellen Pozzi, Jordan Sly, and Emily D. Spunaugle and will be published by ALA Editions.

The reviewing period will take place from May to July 2022.

To indicate your interest in participating as a peer-reviewer, please use the Google Form, linked below. The form asks for your name, email, and two questions: your experience in scholarly publishing, including writing and/or reviewing manuscripts; and your areas of expertise, such as library type, research methods, time period, subject matter, geography, etc.

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The editors will contact you in April 2022 about reviewing assignments. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email Jordan Sly at

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

The Editors

Call for Award Submissions

Submissions for the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award will be due January 18, 2023. 



 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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