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Feminist book history and print culture is thriving. Recent books and projects exploring feminist publishers, modernist presses, and women’s work in periodicals and magazines has revealed the variety of ways in which women contributed to the circulation and production of nineteenth and twentieth-century print cultures. Academic interest in the value of networks and collaboration and the often overlooked aspect of women’s creative labour (#thanksfortyping) is at the forefront of some of this renewed interest in women’s diverse, deeply embedded work in publishing and the circulation of global print cultures.  

This one-day symposium at the University of Reading will engage with the varied nature and roles of women’s work in twentieth and twenty-first century magazines and book publishing. Though high-profile women publishers and editors continue to attract public and scholarly attention, there are many aspects of women’s labour in the print and publishing trades, understood broadly, that are often overlooked. We invite papers exploring the broad and diverse ways in which women have shaped recent modern print cultures in a variety of roles: as translators, designers, illustrators, booksellers, advertisers, patrons, editors, travellers, office staff, publisher’s readers. We are particularly interested in work exploring transnational exchanges.  

Papers may consider any of the following: 

  • Women’s work in the book, magazine, newspaper, and publishing trades 
  • Women publishers, editors, author-publishers, publisher’s readers, travellers, booksellers, office staff, printers 
  • Women translators, designers, illustrators 
  • Sex + gender + literary production and the literary marketplace 
  • Women as patrons, booksellers, feminist bookshops 
  • Archives, cataloguing, and women’s labour 
  • Women in publishing and the gender pay gap 
  • Politics and methodologies of recovery work 
  • Women and the suffrage press, feminist presses, lesbian presses, BAME press 
  • Networks/collaborations 
  • Women entrepreneurs and the creative industries 
  • Womens’ trade organisations in publishing and bookselling 


Please submit abstracts (up to 200 words) and a short 2-line bio by 26th April 2019 to Dr Nicola Wilson at Speakers will be notified by 3rd May. 


The event will be held at Special Collections, University of Reading, UK, with no fees to attend. 

The CILIP Library and Information History Group invites early career and established information professionals or researchers, as well as postgraduate students to submit proposals for 20-minute papers on the theme of “women in library and information history” that address gaps in the historical narrative, challenge common assumptions about the role of women in library and information history and celebrate women’s contributions to the profession. Topics could include: • Female library founders and benefactors • The characterisation of female information professionals through time • Female book collectors • Learning networks • Female library users • Pioneering female librarians • Any other aspect of library and information history relating to women. The confirmed keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Gow on Enriqueta Rylands, founder of the John Rylands Library. Please submit a 300-word proposal and a short paragraph of biographical information to by Friday 22 March.

We are currently seeking proposals for early career and postgraduate papers. Please note that while we are only seeking ECR papers at present, we are planning an edited collection based around the conference theme. Chapter proposals are welcome from scholars at all stages in their career.


The Library and Information History Group are pleased to announce that the 2018 Library History Essay Award has been awarded to Lauren Weiss for her essay: '"All are instructive if read in a right spirit": Reading, religion, and instruction in a Victorian reading diary', Library & Information History, 33.2 (2017), 97-122. Thank you to all who submitted essays and to our panel of judges.     


The University of Liverpool and the British Library are advertising a PhD studentship (funding for UK/EU students) to work on ‘Music Publishing, 1750-1850’. The project would suit qualified MA students with interests in book history, library history and/or the history of publishing, or those looking for further qualifications and career development opportunities in librarianship. The student will be embedded for significant parts of the project in the Printed Music Department of the British Library, and will contribute catalogue enhancement as well as having access to BL training programmes. A background in music/musicology is not necessarily required.     


The Library and Information History Group are sponsoring two places on the Montefiascone Project in Italy this summer. Niamh Delaney and Mairéad Walsh have been selected to hold these bursaries. Watch out for their blogs from Montefiascone in mid-August, and for an article on their experiences in the autumn LIHG Newsletter.     


Thanks to the generous support of the Lord Crewe’s Charity, Durham University Library is delighted to be offering two research fellowships, to be taken up before the end of 2018.


People's Historian Daniel Gray tells the story of Leadhills, Britain's oldest subscription library.


The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. The winner is Margaret Hung for her dissertation, “English Public Libraries, 1919-1975: Vocation and Popularisation” (Leeds Metropolitan University, 2015).  


The Treasures of the Skaryna Library - 3-5 November 2017 



The Library & Information History Group is seeking a new Chair to lead the group starting January 2018.



Library & Information History began life as Library History in Spring 1967. It was launched by the Library History Group of the Library Association to replace a newsletter that had been distributed since 1963.



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