Call for Papers – Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award

The Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award is presented by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association  annually to recognize the best essay written in English on library history.  The award is named in honor of the distinguished  nineteenth-century librarian, historian, and bibliographer who was  also ALA’s first president. It consists of a certificate and a $100 cash award, as well as an invitation to have the winner’s essay  considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of  History. If the winning essay is accepted for publication, additional  revisions may be required.  Authors should be prepared for that  eventuality.

Criteria                                                                                                                                                        Manuscripts submitted should not be previously published, previously  submitted for publication, or under consideration for publication or  another award. To be considered, essays should embody original  historical research on a significant topic in library history, be  based on primary sources whenever possible, and use good English  composition and superior style. The Library History Round Table is  particularly interested in works that place the subject within its  broader historical, social, cultural, and political context and make  interdisciplinary connections with print culture and information  studies.                                                                  Essays should be organized in a form similar to that of articles  published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, with  footnotes, spelling and punctuation conforming to the latest edition  of the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers should not exceed thirty-five  typewritten, double-spaced pages (plus footnotes and bibliography).

Submissions and Selection                                                                          Five copies of the manuscript should be submitted. The name and other  information identifying the author should appear only on a separate  cover letter. Applications must be received by January 31, 2013. The  application deadline is firm and any submissions received after the  deadline will not be forwarded to the committee.  Receipt will be  confirmed with four business days.

Submit manuscripts to: LHRT: Justin Winsor Award Committee Office for Research and Statistics American Library Association 50 East Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611


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