International conference

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History of Librarianship

25-26 august 2014


25 august




Raphaële Mouren, Steve Witt


Historiography, History, legacy and influences 


The end of international and comparative librarianship?

Peter Lor, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Historiographical futures for library history: Conceptual observations for future historians

Jean-Pierre Herubel, Purdue University, USA


History and historiography of libraries in Brazil: reflections since a Cabinet de lecture, 1837-1937

Fabiano Azevedo, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


 Coffee break


Humfrey Wanley's memoranda: theory and practice of librarianship at the turn of the XVIIIth century

Mathilde Koskas, Bibliothèque nationale de France


The Legacy of Bengal Renaissance in Public Library Development in India during the Colonial British Rule: A Historiographical Study

Anup Kumar Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India


Father Laire's bibliography course

Dominique Varry, Ecole nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques, France





The Memory of Brazilian Librarianship: past and present of the future

 Eduardo Alentejo, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana Virginia Pinheiro, National Library of Brazil


Jesuit librarianship in the 19th and 20th centuries

Sheza Moledina, Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, France


Coffee break


New skills, new missions, new profession


Library exhibitions before 1914: a discovery travel

Juliette Jestaz, Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris, France


Ernest Cushing Richardson's ‘Union World Catalogue of Manuscript Books': Motivations and Lessons Learned

Lynn Ransom, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, USA


From leaders' formation to mass politization: Political libraries in France (1955-1980)

Julien Hage, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France



26 August 



Librarianship at war, committed librarians


The engagement of Italian librarians during the Great War

Loretta De Franceschi, Università degli studi di Urbino, Italy


Let Us Forget this Cherishing of Women in Library Work : Women in the American Library War Service, 1918-1920

Suzanne Stauffer, Louisiana State University, USA


Ruthie's Little Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Military Library System in the Vietnam War

 Kate Stewart, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, USA


 Coffee break


Battle Cry: American Library Association and Its Southern Chapters during the Civil Rights Movement

 Steven R. Harris, University of Nevada, USA


Libraries and Internationalism: International Mind Alcoves and the struggle for global public opinion

 Steve Witt, International and Area Studies Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Like asking policeman about Siberian geography: Librarian's professional status and civil service reforms

Eric Novotny, Arts and Humanities Library, Pennsylvania State University






Early history of Library science education in Ontario, Canada

Agatha Barc, E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada


The changing narratives of library education

 Katharine Whaite, University College London, United Kingdom


History of curriculum development in Library science education in China

Zhixian Yi, Charles Sturt University, Australia


 Coffee break


For those of a ‘practical rather than an academic turn of mind': the construction of a stratified model of Australian LIS education

 Carroll Mary, Charles Sturt University, Australia


A professional journal as a testimony of the Librarianship development and broader cultural and historical movements in a society, Serbia

Milica Stevanović, Narodna biblioteka Krusevac, Serbia




 Location: École nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France

Organizers: IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, IFLA Library History Special Interest Group, Centre Gabriel Naudé (EA 7286-enssib)

Raphaële Mouren, Steven W. Witt

Registration is free but mandatory. To register for the conference, create a free account on the left of the homepage.


The library profession has existed since ancient times and has undergone many changes.  These shifts have been impacted by political, religious, educational, intellectual and cultural history spanning countries and peoples.  Throughout its evolution, the profession has found itself both in parallel and at odds with dominant cultural and political forces.

The aim of the conference is to provide a comparative history of librarianship. It will seek to highlight not only the history of practices and motivations driving the profession but to also reflect theoretically on the divergent views among librarians in their role of gatekeepers to knowledge on the one hand and serving specific audiences to facilitate access on the other. 

The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • The development of library education
  • Professional publications
  • Theoretical reflections
  • The actions and activities of groups and organizations
  • Organizational and institutional development
  • Discord and continuities that reflect difference between the expectations of librarians and their public
  • The role of IFLA and national and international associations
  • Internationalization of librarianship


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