Library History Seminar XIII


Program for LHS XIII

Friday, July 31, 2015

 9:00-5:00         Registration (MCB 1st floor)

9:00-1:00         Open time for tours

1:00-2:00         Opening Plenary Session (C103)
“Libraries as Sites of Discovery”
Ann Blair, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard Universit

2:00-2:30         Break

2:30-4:00         Concurrent Sessions

1A.  Libraries Upsetting the Applecart (C311)

         Moderator: Christine Jenkins, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 “Disrupting the Boston Public Library: Early Youth Services and Herbert Putnam’s Unfinished Business”

                 Gale Eaton, University of Rhode Island

“Procognitive Systems: J.C.R.Licklider’s Vision for Library Systems of the Future”

Linda C. Smith, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“’Push and Follow-Up’: African-American Female Community Activists’ Campaign for Library Facilities in Chicago Public Housing, 1961-1969”

                LaVerne Gray, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1B. Libraries in 19th-century Anglo-America (E305)

Moderator: Katherine M. Wisser, Simmons College

“’A Most Pleasing Necessity’: Gender and Reading in New York City’s Early Public Libraries”

Tim Glynn, Rutgers University

“’Improve the Moment’: Mechanics’ Institutes and the Self-Help and Self-Reliance Movements in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain and Northeastern Urban America”

Jordan S. Sly, McDaniel College

“American Circulating Libraries: Innovating for Profit, or, Fiction for a Price”

Jeffrey Croteau, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library

4:00-4:15         Break

4:15-5:45         Concurrent sessions

 2A. Libraries in Evolution (C311)

Moderator: Benjamin Abrahamse, MIT

“From Warehouses to Workshops, from Libraries to Labs: Investigating the History of Academic Libraries to Imagine Their Future”

Matthew Connor Sullivan, Harvard College

“Revisiting the Feminization of a Profession: Men, Women, and Libraries in Pennsylvania”

Bernadette Lear, Penn State Harrisburg

“Libraries are the Homes of books: The Construction of Books, Libraries and Information for children”

Suzanne Stauffer, Louisiana State University

2B. New Approaches to the History of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Libraries (E305)

Moderator: Hope Mayo, Harvard University

“Reconstructing a Lost Eighteenth-Century Library through Shelf-marks”

Kyle Roberts, Loyola University Chicago

“Collections in Common: An Overlap Study of Library Company Catalogs from the 1790s”

Cheryl Knott, University of Arizona

“The Political Uses of the First Seminary Library in the United States: John Mitchell Mason’s Challenge to the Jeffersonians, 1802-1829”

David J. Gary, Yale University

“Expanding the Literary World: British India, Book Circulation, and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century”

Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania

2C. Carnegie Libraries: Race, Class and Community (E209)

Moderator: Cass Mabbott, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 “Libraries, Knowledge, and the Common Good: The Cultural

Politics of Labor Republicanism in Progressive Era Wheeling, West Virginia”

Jonathan Cope, College of Staten Island, CUNY

“Carnegie Libraries in Wyoming”

Linda Waggener, University of Wyoming

5:45-6:00         Break (walk to reception)

5:45-8:00       Reception (Massachusetts Historical Society)


Saturday, August 1, 2015

8:00-1:00         Registration (MCB 1st floor)

8:30-10:00       Concurrent sessions

3A. Place/Space: Function and Meaning (C311)

Moderator: Thomas Bolze, Yale University

“The Library as a Place: the Transformation of University Libraries in Finland”

Kaisa Sinikara, University of Helsinki

“Libraries of Light: the Design of Public Libraries in Britain in the Long 1960s, Featuring Analyses of the Hampstead Public Library (1964) and Birmingham Central Library (1974)”

Alistair Black, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“The Library Profession and the Library as Place: Exploring Relationships between Professional Identity and Library Architecture”

Kristen Schuster, University of Missouri

3B. Libraries as Reflections of Culture (E305)

Moderator: Marija Dalbello, Rutgers University

“The Córdovan Library of Caliph al-Hakam II and the Case for Interculturalism”

Don Hamerly, Dominican University

“Library Innovation during Communism: Listening to People’s Voices”

Claudia Serbanuta, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

3C. Libraries in the Warring 20th Century (E209)

Moderator: Tom Glynn, Rutgers University

“The Library as Medicine Cabinet: Inventing Bibliotherapy in the Interwar Period”

Mary Mahoney, University of Connecticut

“In Our Own Image: The Impact on Professional Practice of the Office of War Information Libraries and their Librarians in the British Dominions during World War II”

Mary Carroll, Charles Sturt University

“World War II and the Building of the Soviet Ukranian Public Library”

Margaret Browndorf, Townson University

10:00-10:30     Break (3 floor landing)

10:30-12:00     Concurrent sessions

4A. Calamity! Conservation, Disaster, and the End of the World (C311)

Moderator: Moderator: Melanie A. Kimball, Simmons College

 “Bombs, Bulldozers and Heritage: Conservation Takes Root in Post-war America”

Mary E. Cunningham-Kruppa, University of Texas

 “Libraries and the Apocalyptic Imagination”

Michael  J. Paulus, Jr., Seattle Pacific University

“Dark Clouds and Silver Linings” Pennsylvania Libraries and the Great Flood of 1936”

Bernadette Lear, Penn State Harrisburg

4B. Technology: Advances & Implications (E305)

Moderator: Alistair Black, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Cataloging Practices and New Technologies: How Have Previous Cataloging Environments Shaped Today’s Technologies?”

Jeannette Norris, Brown University; Claire Enosky, Manilius Public Library; Aaron Neslin

“Automating the Community: MARC Community Information Format and Changing Libraries in the 1990s”

Elliot Williams, University of Miami

4C. Disruptive Collections: Documenting Diverse Cultures and Communities (E209)

Moderator, Cheryl Knott, University of Arizona

“American Indian Film Gallery: The Moving Image, Tribesourcing, and the Archive”

Jennifer Jenkins, University of Arizona

“Seizing the Historical Moment: Creating a Digital Archive to Document a Community Tragedy”

Rudolph Clay, Washington University

“Digital Scribes and Informal Records”

Janet Ceja Alcalá, Simmons College

“’This Second Line Thing is Spiritual’: Street Videography and Black Cultural Performance on the Streets of New Orleans”

William C.  Welburn, Marquette University

12:00-1:00       Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:30         Concurrent sessions

5A. Libraries as sites of American Democracy  (C311)

Moderator: Mary Niles Maack, UCLA

“Experimenting with Democracy: Social Libraries as Local Laboratories in Early America”

Katherine Wisser, Simmons College

“Ellis Island Library – ‘The Tower of Babel’ at America’s Gate”

Marija Dalbello, Rutgers University

 “A Seat at the Reading Table: the 1939 Sit-in Demonstration to Integrate the Alexandria, Virginia Public Library”

Brenda Mitchell-Powell, Simmons College

5B. Charlemae Rollins, the George Cleveland Hall Branch Library, and the Chicago Black Renaissance: the Public Library as place and cultural space for the children of Bronzeville, 1932-1958. (E305)

Moderator: Melanie A. Kimball, Simmons College

“Charlemae Rollins, Children’s Programming at the Hall Branch Library, and the Chicago Black Renaissance”

Cass Mabbott, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Countering ‘Frank Ridicule’ with ‘Wholesome Attractive Pictures;’ Charlemae Rollins and Picture Books for African American Children in the Hall Branch Library Collection, 1945-1960”

Melissa M. Hayes, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“An Invincible Nice: The Icon-toppling Impact of Charlemae Rollins’ We Build Together (NCTE 1941, 1948, 1967)”

Christine Jenkins, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2:30-5:30         Open time for vendors (College Center)

5:30-6:30         Break (on your own)

6:30-9:30         Dinner and auction (Paretsky Center)


Sunday, August 2, 2015

9:00-10:00      Final Plenary Session (C101)
“Future Matters”
David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society

10:00-10:30     Break (3rd floor landing)

10:30-12:00     Concurrent sessions

6A. Charting New Territory (C311)

Moderator: Katherine M. Wisser, Simmons College

“The alternative acquisitions project – building library collections through collaboration”

Christine  D’Arpa, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Unresolved boundaries: the definitional history of special libraries”

Alissa Matheny, University of Alabama

6B. Past and Future: Library History and Digitization (E305)

Moderator: Melanie A. Kimball, Simmons College

“Information Institutions and Digital (Re)production: Approaches to Historicizing Preservation Technology”

Zack Lischer-Katz, Rutgers University

“Reconstructing historical libraries in the Digital Age”

Randall Flaherty and Loren Moulds, University of Virginia

12:00-1:30       Lunch and closing session (Paretsky Center)

“Why Library History Matters: Part of Our Lives as a Test Case”

Wayne Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library & Information Studies Emeritus , Florida State University; with Dawn Logsdon, Serendipity Films