Often called “the Dean of American library historians,” Wayne A. Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University. From January to May, 2017, he was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center to research a history of the American public school library. This summer he will use a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and a Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award administered by the History Section of ALA’s RUSA to fund two month’s research in the ALA and AASL archives at the University of Illinois.
People love school libraries for a bunch of reasons. Some are obvious. In her autobiography Speaking Truth to Power (1997), Anita Hill remembers a seating system her grade-school teachers crafted to reward achievement—gradually move high-achieving students who finished their assignments… Read More ›