February 22, 2010 "Libraries & the Cultural Record" Honors John Y. Cole's Contributions to Library

Long Career at Library of Congress Documented Through Essays and Bibliography

Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217

For more than 30 years, John Y. Cole has led the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress as its founding director and has devoted his scholarly pursuits to the Library’s history and influence on the culture of the nation. To recognize his achievements, the journal “Libraries & the Cultural Record” has just published a book in honor of Cole by devoting the entire issue to his more than 40-year career at the Library of Congress.

“The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays in Honor of John Y. Cole” is a special issue (2010, vol. 45, no. 1) of the University of Texas journal “Libraries & the Cultural Record: Exploring the History of Collections of Recorded Knowledge.”

According to issue editor Mary Niles Maack of the University of California at Los Angeles, the nine invitational essays published in the volume “address topics representing different aspects of John Cole’s contributions and interests as a scholar and a librarian.” In particular, she notes, they emphasize his dual roles and achievements as the sole director of the Center for the Book and as a scholar who is also “known internationally as the foremost expert on the history of the Library of Congress.”

The essays are grouped into four broad themes that, according to the editor, “characterize John’s career and scholarly interests: The History and Historiography of the Library of Congress; The Center for the Book; The History of Books, Reading and Publishing; and International Perspectives.”

The issue also includes a chronology and a selected list of Cole’s writings. The chronology documents his education, professional experience, awards and honors, and major professional activities.

Current contents of “Libraries & the Cultural Record” are available through Project Muse (muse.jhu.edu/journals/libraries_and_culture/toc/lac.45.1.html). Single print issues are available to individuals for $22 and to institutions for $36 from the University of Texas Press, P.O. Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713-7819; utexas.edu/utpress/journals/jlc.html.

In 2011, the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the University of Texas Press, will publish a cloth-bound, expanded and updated edition of “The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays in Honor of John Y. Cole.”

The Center for the Book (www.loc.gov/cfbook) was established by Congress in 1977 “to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries.” With its many educational programs that reach readers of all ages, through its support of the National Book Festival and through its dynamic state centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Center for the Book has developed a nationwide network of organizational partners dedicated to promoting the wonders and benefits of reading.


PR 10-036
ISSN 0731-3527