Bibliography of Writings on the History of Libraries, Librarianship, and Book Culture, Fall 2015



Bibliography of Writings on the History of Libraries, Librarianship, Information, and Book Culture

By Ed Goedeken


Fall 2015





Alkalimat, Abdul and Kate Williams.  Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González (Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2015) 300 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-1-936117-64-2.


Brander, Elisabeth.  A Tale of a Dentist and His Books: Classic Dental Books in the Becker Medical Library,” Journal of the Medical Library Association 103 (April 2015): 107-108.


Castronovo, Russ.  Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, and Revolutionary Communications in Early America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) 256 pp. $30.00 ISBN 978-01-99354-90-0.


Clark, Rachel Ivy.  “Breaking Records: The History of Bibliographic Records and Their Influence in Conceptualizing Bibliographic Data,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53 (April-June 2015): 286-302.


Coppersmith, Jonathan.  Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015) 308 pp. $55.00 ISBN 978-1-142-1415-9-18.


de Groat, Greta.  “A History of Video Game Cataloging in U.S. Libraries,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53 (February-March 2015): 135-56.


Driscoll, Kevin.  “Professional Work for Nothing: Software Commercialization and An Open Letter to Hobbyists,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 257-83.


Drucker, Donna J.  The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) 244 pp. $30.00 ISBN 978-0-8229-6303-5.

Eamon, Michael.  Imprinting Britain: Newspapers, Sociability, and the Shaping of British North America (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015) 263 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-0-7735-4491-8.


Farlow, Jonathan M.  I’ve Seen It All at the Library: The View from Behind the Desk (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015) 185 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-0-7864-9684-6.


Felsenstein, Frank and James J. Connolly.  What Middletown Read: Print Culture in an American Small City (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015) 304 pp. $90.00 ISBN 978-1-62534-140-2.


Furlong, Jennifer.  “Libraries, Booksellers, and Readers: Changing Tastes at the New York Society Library in the Long Eighteenth Century,” Library & Information History 31 (August 2015): 198-212. 


Goedeken, Edward A.  “History with an Impact: The Most Cited Articles in the Journal of Library History and Its Successors over the Past Fifty Years,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 3 (2015): 285-314.


Gorman, Michael.  Our Enduring Values Revisited: Librarianship in an Ever-Changing World (Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2015) 240 pp. $45.00 ISBN 978-0-8389-1300-0.

Haigh, Thomas, Andrew L. Russell, and William H. Dutton.  “Histories of the Internet: Introduction to a Special Issue of Information & Culture,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 143-59.


Johanningsmeier, Charles.  The Awakening and American Libraries: An Update,” Studies in American Naturalism 8 (Winter 2013): 236-48.


Johanningsmeier, Charles.  “Henry James and American Public Libraries, 1875-1916,” The Henry James Review 36 (Winter 2015): 45-63.


Johanningsmeier, Charles.  “Realism, Naturalism, and American Public Libraries, 1880-1914,” American Literary Realism 48 (Fall 2015): 1-24.

Johnson, Sara E.  “Moreau de Saint-Méry: Itinerant Bibliophile,” Library & Information History 31 (August 2015): 171-97.

Jones, Elisabeth A. and Paul A. Courant.  “Monograph Publishing Trends in Academic Libraries: Did the Serials Crisis Really Destroy the University Press?” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 46 (October 2014): 43-70.


Jordan, Mary Wilkins.  “Public Library History on the Lewis and Clark Trail,” Public Library Quarterly 34 (April-June 2015): 162-77.


Kaplan, Richard L.  “Press, Paper and the Public Sphere: The Rise of the Cheap Mass Press in the USA, 1870-1910,” Media History 21 (February 2015): 42-54.


Kate-Riin, Kont.  How to Optimize the Cost and Time of the Acquisitions Process?” Collection Building v. 34, no.2 (2015): 41-50.  [historical treatment]


Katz-Kimchi, Merav.  “Singing the Strong Light Works of [American] Engineers: Popular Histories of the Internet as Mythopoetic Literature,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 160-80.

Kline, Ronald R.  The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)


Kozak, Nadine I. “If You Build It, They Will Come: Lusk, Wyoming, and the Information Highway Imaginaire, 1989-1999,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 236-56.


Laskowski, Mary S., Jennifer A. Maddox Abbott, and Michael A. Norman.  A Collection Explosion: Finding Our Collection Roots and Examining How We Got from there to Here,” Collection Building v. 34, no. 4 (2015): 136-43.  [History of the University of Illinois collection]


Mays, Andrea E.  The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015) 350 pp. $27.00 ISBN 978-1-439-1182-38.


McGrath, Ellen.  “A Century’s Worth of Access: A Historical Overview of Cataloging in Law Library Journal,” Law Library Journal 106 (Summer 2014): 407-30.


Mellen, Roger.  “The Press, Paper Shortages and Revolution in Early America,” Media History 21 (February 2015): 23-41.


Morris, Sara E.  “Spreading Their Butter too Thin: Land-Grant Libraries, 1900-1940,” in Alan I. Marcus, ed. Science as Service: Establishing and Reformulating Land-Grant Universities, 1865-1930 (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2015), pp. 239-67.

Ocepek, Melissa G., Unmil P. Karadkar, and William Aspray.  “A Perspective on the Larger World: Newspaper Coverage of National and International Events in Three Small US Cities, 1870–1920,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 3 (2015): 417-40.

Oggolder, Christian.  “From Virtual to Social: Transforming Concepts and Images of the Internet,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 181-96.


Plotnick, Rachel.  “What Happens When You Push This?: Toward a History of the Not-So-Easy Button,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 3 (2015): 315-338.


Rains, Stephanie. “Going in for Competitions: Active Readers and Magazine Culture, 1900–1910,” Media History 21 (May 2015): 138–49.


Rankin, Joy.  “From the Mainframes to the Masses: A Participatory Computing Movement in Minnesota Education,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 197-216.


Rich, Rachel. “If You Desire to Enjoy Life, Avoid Unpunctual People: Women,

Timetabling and Domestic Advice, 1850–1910,” Cultural and Social History v. 12, no. 1 (2015): 95–112.


Robertson, Craig.  “Paper, Information, and Identity in 1920s America,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 3 (2015): 392-416.


Schafer, Valérie.  “Part of a Whole: RENATOR, a Twenty-Year-Old Network within the Internet,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 2 (2015): 217-35.


Tanselle, G. Thomas.  “A Bibliographer’s Creed,” Harvard Library Bulletin 25 (Spring 2014): 1-17.


Taylor, Mary Virginia.  “Impressions of an Old Master: Hospital Libraries and Librarians, 1970-2014,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly 34 (January-March 2015): 104-112.


Turner, Hannah.  Decolonizing Ethnographic Documentation: A Critical History of the Early Museum Catalogs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53 (July-September 2015): 658-76.


Vilks, Andris, and Jana Dreimane, ‘Modernization of Libraries in a Postcommunist

State: The Roles of the George Soros, Andrew W. Mellon, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations in the Development of Latvian Libraries,” Library Trends 63 (Fall 2014): 233–51.


Westphall, Allan F.  Books and Religious Devotion: The Redemptive Reading of an Irishman in Nineteenth-Century New England (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2015) 228 pp. $80.00 ISBN 978-0-271-06404-8.


Wiegand, Wayne A.  Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 331 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-0-19-02480-00.


Wiegand, Wayne A.  Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots Reconsidered Part of Our Lives (2015) as a Test Case,” Library Quarterly 85 (October 2015): 347-70.


Witkowski, Terrance H.  “General Book Store in Chicago, 1938-1947: Linking Neighborhood to Nation,” Journal of Historical Research in Marketing v. 1, no. 1 (2009): 93-121.


Zhang, Liang, Justin J. W. Powell, and David P. Baker.  “Exponential Growth and the Shifting Global Center of Gravity of Science Production, 1900-2011,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Education 47 (July/August 2015): 46-49.










Aitchison, Briony and Peter H. Reid.  “The Owner of One of the Largest and Most Valuable Private Libraries in Scotland: David Hay Fleming as Book Collector” Library & Information History 31 (May 2015): 95-116.



Anghelescu, Hermina G. B., issue editor.  “Libraries in a Postcommunist World: A Quarter of a Century of Development in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia: Part 2,” Library Trends 63 (Spring 2015): entire issue.  [contains historical essays on a number of eastern European countries including: Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine. Part 1 appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Library Trends]



Ballantyne, Tony.  “Contesting the Empire of Paper: Cultures of Print and Anti-Colonialism in the Modern British Empire,” in Jane Carey and Jane Lydon, eds., Indigenous Networks: Mobility, Connections and Exchange (London: Routledge,    2014), pp. 219-40.


Bradley, Matthew and Juliet John, eds.  Reading and the Victorians (Farnham:   Ashgate, 2015) 180 pp. $110.00 ISBN 978-1-4094-408-02.


Brudin, Abigail and Dunstan Roberts.  “Book-Buying and the Grand Tour:

          The Italian Books at Belton House in Lincolnshire,” The Library 16 (March 2015): 51-79.


Chang, Ku-ming (Kevin). “Communications of Chemical Knowledge: Georg Ernst

Stahl and the Chemists at the French Academy of Sciences in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century,” Osiris v. 29, no. 1 (2014): 135–57.


Clapinson, Mary.  A Brief History of the Bodleian Library (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2015) 202 pp. $25.00 ISBN 978-1-85124-273-3.


Duroselle-Melish, Caroline and David A. Lines.  “The Library of Ulisse Aldrovandi (1605): Acquiring and Organizing Books in Sixteenth-Century Bologna,” The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 16 (June 2015): 133-61.


Eamon, Michael. Imprinting Britain: Newspapers, Sociability, and the Shaping of

British North America (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2015) 263 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-0-7735-449-18.


Erünsal, İsmail E. “A Brief Survey of the Book Trade in the Ottoman Empire,” Libri: International Journal of Libraries & Information Services 65 (September 2015): 217-235.


Ferlier, Louisiane.  “Tace Sowle-Raylton (1666–1749) and the Circulation of Books in the London Quaker Community,” Library & Information History 31 (August 2015): 157-70.

Finlay, John.  “Local Lawyers and Their Libraries in Eighteenth-Century Scotland,” Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society v. 9 (2014): 43-60.


Garrett, Jeffrey.  Klostersturm and Secularization in Central Europe: What Happened to the Libraries?” Theological Librarianship v. 8, no. 1 (2015): 61-69.


Hershenzon, Daniel.  Traveling Libraries: The Arabic Manuscripts of Muley Zidan and the Escorial Library,” Journal of Early Modern History v. 18 (2014): 535-58.


Krefting, Ellen, et al., eds.  Eighteenth-Century Periodicals as Agents of Change: Perspectives on Northern Enlightenment (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 346 pp. $140.00 ISBN 978-90-04-29005-1.


Longás Lacasa, María Ángeles.  Historia de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Mallorca (1767-1829) (Madrid, Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Figuerola Institute of Social Science History, 2015) 437 pp. [Freely available at:


O’Neill, Lindsay.  The Opened Letter: Networking in the Early Modern British World (The Early Modern Americas.) 264 pp.  $47.50 (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) ISBN: 978-0-8122-464-83.


O’Neill, Timothy, ed.  The Irish Hand: Scribes and Their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times rev. ed. (Cork: Cork University Press, 2014). [first published in 1984]


Potten, Edward.  “Beyond Bibliophilia: Contextualizing Private Libraries in the Nineteenth Century,” Library & Information History 31 (May 2015): 73-94.

Rebecchini, Damiano and Raffaella Vassena, eds., Reading in Russia: Practices of Reading and Literacy Communication, 1760-1930 (Milan: Ledizioni, 2014).


Rivers, Isabel.  “Thomas Jackson (1783-1873): Book Collector, Editor and Tutor,” Wesley and Methodist Studies v. 6 (2014): 63-89.


Roberts, Dunston.  “Abundantly Replenisht with Books of His Own Purchasing and Choyce: Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s Library at Montgomery Castle,” Library & Information History 31 (May 2015): 117-36.


Saumarez Smith, John.  “Hugh Trevor-Roper’s Library,” The Book Collector v. 63 (2014): 427-34.


Slack, Paul.  The Invention of Improvement: Information and Material Progress in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).


Steiner, Emily and Lynn Ransom, eds.  Taxonomies of Knowledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) 176 pp. $45.00 ISBN 978-0-8122-4759-6.


Sternberg, Else.  Whose Acquisitions Policy? Panizzi and his Predecessors,” Electronic British Library Journal (2015), article 1. []


Walker, Alison.  “Sir Hans Sloan and the Library of Dr. Luke Rugeley,” The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 15 (December 2014): 383-409. 

Warkentin, Germaine, Joseph L. Black, and William R. Bowen, eds.  The Library of the Sidneys of Pennhurst Place circa 1665 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015) 420 pp. $200.00 ISBN 978-0-8020-4293-4.




Karabinos, Michael.  “The Djogdja Documenten: The Dutch-Indonesian Relationship Following Independence through an Archival Lens,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 3 (2015): 372-91.


Luyt, Brendan.  “Replacing the Ideology of Information by Exploring Domains of Knowledge: A Case Study of the Periodization of Philippine History and its Application to Information Studies,” Journal of Documentation v.71, no. 6 (2015): 1289-99.


Marcon, Federico.  The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015) 415 pp. $45.00 ISBN 978-0-226-25190-5.


Ryan, Catherine.  LGBT People and the UK Cultural Sector: The Response of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Heritage since 1950,” Australian Academic & Research Libraries 46 (June 2015): 138-39.


Zhang, Yao, ‘The Development of Library and Information Science in China (1840–2009)” IFLA Journal 40 (December 2014): 296–306.




Aaronson, Akiva.  People of the Book: Five Hundred Years of the Hebrew Book from the Beginning of Printing until the Twentieth Century (Nanuet, NY: Feldheim Publishers, 2014) 231 pp. $40.00 ISBN 978-11-59826-956-7.


Battles, Matthew.  Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word (New York: W. W. Norton, 2015) 256 pp. $27.00 ISBN 978-0-393-0588-57.


Bishop, Ted.  The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Written Word (New York: Viking, 2014) 377 pp. $30.00 ISBN 978-0-670-06861-6.


Blythe, Tilly, ed.   Information Age: Six Networks that Changed Our World (London: Scala Arts & Heritage, 2014) 224 pp. $55.00 ISBN 978-1-85759-901-5.


Buxton, William J., Michael R. Cheney, and Paul Heyer, eds.  Harold Innis’s History of Communications: Paper and Printing—Antiquity to Early Modernity (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) 185 pp. $70.00 ISBN 978-1-4422-4338-5.


Cave, Roderick and Sara Ayad. The History of the Book  in 100 Books: The Complete Story, from Egypt to e-Book (Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, Inc., 2014) 288 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-1-77085-406-2.


Cloonan, Michèle Valerie.  Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age (Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2015) 693 pp. $95.00 ISBN 978-1-55570-937-2.


Colatrella, Carol.  “Information in the Novel and the Novel as Information System: Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit and Margaret Drabble’s Radiant Way Trilogy,” Information & Culture v. 50, no. 3 (2015): 339-71.


Cox, Richard J.  “Lester J. Cappon and the Publishing of Modern Documentary Editions,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 46 (April 2015): 224-50.


Hellinga, Lotte.  Texts in Transit: Manuscript to Proof and Print in the Fifteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 452 pp. $200.00 ISBN 978-90-04-27716-8.


Howsam, Leslie, ed.  The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015) 284 pp. $90.00 ISBN 978-1-107-02373-4.


Jung, Sandro and Stephen Colclough, eds.  “The History of the Book,” The Yearbook of English Studies v. 45 (2015): entire issue.


Kemp, Geoff, ed.  Censorship Moments: Reading Texts in the History of Censorship and Freedom of Expression (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) 208 pp. $104.00 ISBN 978-1-4725-0822-5.


Lees-Maffei, Grace.  Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the USA since 1945 (New York: Routledge, 2014) 230 pp. $140.00 ISBN 978-0-415-6566-69-6.


Monro, Alexander.  The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention (London: Allen Lane, 2015) 384 pp. $30.00 ISBN 978-1-846-14189-8.


Müller, Lothar.  White Magic: The Age of Paper (Malden, MA: Policy Press, 2014) 311 pp. $25.00 ISBN 978-0-7456-7253-3.


Nerone, John.  “The History of Paper and Public Space,” Media History 21 (February 2015): 1-7.


Proctor, James and Bethan Benwell.  Reading across Worlds: Transnational Book Groups and the Reception of Difference (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) 274 pp. $90.00 ISBN 978-1-137-27639-1.  [part of New Directions in Book History series]   


Puglisi, Paola.  Book-Jackets in Library Catalogs,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53 (April-June 2015): 368-81.


Regazzi, John J.  Scholarly Communications: A History from Content as King to Content as Kingmaker (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) 278 pp. $75.00 ISBN 978-0-8108-9087-9.


Rohrbach, Augusta.  Thinking Outside the Book (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014) 161 pp. $25.00 ISBN 978-1-6234-125-9. [part of Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book series]




Black, Jeremy.  Clio’s Battles: Historiography in Practice (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2015) 323 pp. $85.00 ISBN 978-0-253-01675-1.


Blyth, Tilly. Information Age: Six Networks that Changed our World (London:

Scala, 2014) 224 pp. $55.00 ISBN: 978-1-8575-990-15.


 Brügger, Niels.  “A brief history of Facebook as a Media Text: The Development of an Empty Structure,” First Monday v. 20, no. 5 (May 4, 2015): 1+.


Conventz, Sven, et al.  Hub Cities in the Knowledge Economy: Seaports, Airports, Brainports (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2014) 268 pp. $120.00 ISBN 978-1-4094-459-13.


Crawford, Alice, ed.  The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015) 328 pp. $35.00 ISBN 978-691-16639-1.


Einasto, Olga.  “Transforming Library Communication: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg,” New Library World v. 116, nos. 5/6 (2015): 247-63.


Halpern, Orit.  Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014) 342 pp. $100.00 ISBN 978-08223-5730-8.


Hidalgo, César.  Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies (New York: Basic Books, 2015) 232 pp. $27.00 ISBN 978-0-465-04899-1.


Hjørland, Birger.  “The Phrase Information Storage and Retrieval (IS&R): An Historical Note,” Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology 66 (June 2015): 1299-1302.


Julien, Heidi and Michael O’Brien.  “Information Behaviour Research: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? / La Recherche en Comportement Informationnel : D’où nous Venons, vers quoi nous nous Dirigeons?” Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 38 (December 2014): 239-50.


Kagan, Alfred.  Progressive Library Organizations: A Worldwide History (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Pub., 2015) 300 pp. $55.00 ISBN 978-0-7864-6400-5.


Ocholla, Dennis, et al.  A Comparison of Cataloguing and Classification Education (CCE) in Library and Information Science in South Africa, Brazil and the USA (SOBUSA): An Overview,”  African Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science 25 (April 2015): 15-27.


Pinfield, Stephen, et al.  “Open-Access Repositories Worldwide, 2005-2012: Past Growth, Current Characteristics, and Future Possibilities,” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 65 (December 2014): 2404-21.

Radford, Gary P., Marie L. Radford, and Jessica Lingel.  “The Library as Heterotopia: Michel Foucault and the Experience of Library Space,” Journal of Documentation v. 71, no. 4 (2015): 733-51.


Richards, Pamela Spence, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Marija Dalbello, eds.  History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures (Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2015) 248 pp. $60.00 ISBN 978-1-61069-099-7.


Steele, Patricia, et al.  The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem (Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015) 138 pp. $42.00  ISBN 978-0-8389-8680-6.