Library and Information History Group

The Library and Information History Group (LIHG) was formed in 1962. It is one of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professional's oldest special interest groups and is the only group in the UK specifically devoted to the history of libraries and librarianship.

The LIHG has close links with the scholarly journal Library & Information History. Institutional and individual subscriptions to the journal are available. To purchase an institutional subscription, please contact your preferred subscription agent or email subscriptions@maneypublishing.com. Please find out more at: www.maneyonline.com/pricing/lbh.

 

 

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Training/Events

  • History of Libraries Research Seminar

    Tuesday, 3 March 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    This series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and CILIP's Library and Information History Group.

    Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

  • History of Libraries Research Seminar

    Tuesday, 10 March 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

    This series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and CILIP's Library and Information History Group.

    Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

  • External Event - The Total Archive

    Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 8:30am to Friday, 20 March 2015 - 5:15pm

    A conference supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH). 


     

  • Navigating London

    Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

    This brand new walk will carry you back through time to find out how previous generations have attempted to make sense of London. Whether a Cockney by birth or visiting the city for the first time, come along to hear the fascinating stories that lie behind the guides, handbooks, lists, directories and maps of old.

  • External Event - Collecting Texts and Manuscripts 1660-1860

    Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 17 April 2015 - 5:00pm

    This conference will examine the collection of books, texts, manuscripts, letters, and other literary artefacts from the Restoration to the high Victorian period. The conference is timed to mark the centenary of the nationally designated Cottonian Collection’s gifting to the city of Plymouth in 1915 and is organised in conjunction with The Cottonian Collection at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. 



     

  • Visit to The Caird Archive and Library at the National Maritime Museum

    Friday, 17 April 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

    The Caird Library is a comprehensive research library specialising in maritime history. Join us for a talk on the Library and its collections followed by a tour of the reading room and the archives, which house the most extensive maritime archive in the world. There will be opportunities to explore some of the treasures from the collections, which include manuscripts, charts, maps and books dating back to the fifteenth century.

     

  • History of Libraries Research Seminar

    Tuesday, 5 May 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    This series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and CILIP's Library and Information History Group.

    Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

  • History of Libraries Research Seminar

    Tuesday, 2 June 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    This series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organised by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and CILIP's Library and Information History Group.

    Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

  • External Event - Library History Seminar XIII

    Friday, 31 July 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, 2 August 2015 - 5:00pm

    With Boston as the backdrop, this conference seeks to delve into the enduring and evolving aspects of libraries and librarianship. The convergence and divergence of the physical and the digital may result in opportunities and challenges that we do not yet realize. Traditionally libraries have made their collections available to defined audiences, but today it is increasingly difficult to define and delineate user communities. At the same time, so-called “disruptive technologies” in publishing are resulting in new approaches to the collection and dissemination of information.

  • External Event: What do we lose when we lose a library?

    Wednesday, 9 September 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 11 September 2015 - 5:00pm

     

    To commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the Library of the University of Leuven in 1914, the University (KU Leuven), Goethe-Institut Brüssel and the British Council Brussels are organising a three day international conference on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library?

  • Lost Libraries 2

    Friday, 18 September 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Twenty-first London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven't survived? If you know where to look, London's streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.