Library History Round Table (LHRT)

Encouraging research and publication on library history & promoting awareness and discussion of historical issues in librarianship.
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2024 Online Research Forum


Join us on Wednesday, June 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET for the 2024 ALA-LHRT Online Research Forum: “Trouble, Trouble, Trouble”!

This year, we will examine libraries facing internal or external crises around the glove and across centuries with the following speakers:

Matthew Goldberg: "War, Power, and the Lost Library of Charles the Wise of France"

Melissa Robohn: "'A void which nothing will ever be able to fill': The Burning of Collections from Royal State Archives at Naples during World War II"

Danielle Dempsey: "Cross-Community Library Services in Northern Ireland"

Register in advance . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

LHRT Research Forum is an opportunity for researchers of all backgrounds, including library students, practitioners, faculty, independent researchers, and those retired from the field to come together in lively and often topical discussion. All levels of experience and knowledge are welcome.



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



The Library History Round Table of the 港澳台图库 exists to facilitate communication among scholars and students of library...


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


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


The only group dedicated to research on the history of libraries.

Libraries: Culture, History, and Society


is peer-reviewed publication of the Library History Round Table of the 港澳台图库 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,


Staff Contact

Danielle Ponton
Program Manager for Round Tables

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