The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will host Library History Seminar IX from March 30 through April 1.
The seminar has chosen "Libraries and Philanthropy" as its theme. The plenary speakers are Phyllis Dain, Columbia University; Peter Dobkin Hall of the Yale University Program on Non-Profit Institutions; and Neil Harris, professor of history at the University of Chicago. Also featured will be 25 selected papers by historians, librarians, library educators and other scholars from six countries.
The papers are grouped into the following sessions: Library Philanthropy in India and Ancient Greece; Women and Philanthropy; Libraries, Beer and Tobacco; Public Libraries in Finland and Germany; Rockefeller Philanthropy; Library Volunteers in Canada; Children's Books and Scholarly Communication in the Cold War; African American Bibliography and Library Education; Carnegie Philanthropy (two sessions); Libraries and Literacy in France and the United States; the Council on Library Resources Inc.; and Reading and Scholarship.
The Center for the Book is one of four conference sponsors; others are the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association; the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy; and the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.
For more information contact Gordon B. Neavill, Library and Information Science Program, Wayne State Univesity, 106 Kresge Library, Detroit, MI 48202; e-mail GNEAVIL@CMS.CC.WAYNE.EDU; phone (313) 577-0507; fax (313) 577-7563.
The Library History Seminar is the leading international forum for the presentation of scholarly work in the field of libraries. The seminars meet every five years and are widely regarded as one of the most intellectually stimulating gatherings in the library field. The Center for the Book has invited the seminar to convene its 10th session at the Library of Congress in the year 2000 as part of the Library's bicentennial commemoration.
LC History Projects Developing as Anniversaries Approach. The Library's Thomas Jefferson Building will be 100 years old in 1997, a date that also marks the centennial of the formal creation of the Library's cataloging units and the Geography and Map, Manuscript, Music, Prints and Photographs and Serial and Government Publications divisions. As these anniversaries approach, the Center for the Book and other Library offices are developing symposia, lectures and publications -- both popular and scholarly -- about the Library and its history. (see LC Information Bulletin, March 21, 1994).
The Library's Madison Council has provided funding support for several publications about the Library and its history, including Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress (1993), On These Walls: Quotations and Inscriptions in the Buildings of the Library of Congress (in press) and a book that will be developed for publication in 1997 about the history, art and architecture of the Jefferson Building. Also slated for 1997 publication is a major book featuring the Library's visual collections, a project being coordinated by the Publishing Office. An exhibition on "Jefferson, Knowledge and Democracy" will open in the Jefferson Building in the spring of 1997.
Other publications being developed for the LC bicentennial include: a history of bibliography at LC; a history of LC's Gutenberg Bible; a history of the Asian collections; an "encyclopedia" of the Library of Congress; and a bibliography about the Library and its collections, services and activities.
Other suggestions include a history of LC's collections since 1945; a biographical directory of LC employees; a scholarly history of the Library; an illustrated history of LC; a list of theses and dissertations about the Library, its collections and activities; and reprints of Herbert Small's Handbook of the New Library of Congress (1897), the 1896 congressional hearings on the Library's reorganization and the annual reports of the Librarian of Congress from 1861 to 1897. Additional ideas and proposals should be sent the LC History Project, Center for the Book, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-8200.
For Congress and the Nation Available Again. A history of the Library of Congress published in 1979 is once again available. For Congress and the Nation: A Chronological History of the Library of Congress, is a well-illustrated 196-page chronicle of significant events in the Library's history from 1774 to 1975. The book, notes author John Y. Cole, was compiled "in the year of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Library." It emphasizes the origins of the Library's principal collections, services and administrative units, citing sources for each of the approximately 2,000 entries.
The book contains 75 black-and-white photographs and a detailed index compiled by Evelyn Sinclair of the Library's Publishing Office. For Congress and the Nation is available in the LC Sales Shop and by mail for $6. If ordering by mail, add $3.50 for postage and handling. Orders should be sent to the Library of Congress, Sales Shop, Washington, DC 20540-5240. Credit card orders may be placed by phone at (202) 707-0204.