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61st IFLA General Conference - Conference Proceedings - August 20-25, 1995

Round Table on Library History

Annual Report 1994

Paul Sturges
Department of Library and Information Studies
Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough
Leics. LE11 3TU
Fax: (44-509) 223053
e-mail: r.p.sturges@lut.ac.uk
is Chair of the Round Table on Library History.

Stephen Massil

University of London Library
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
Fax: (44-171) 4361494
e-mail: smassil@uk.ac.lon.consull
is Secretary.

Executive Committee

The Round Table has an Executive Committee of 22 members from 13 countries.

Projects and Activities


Pamela Spence Richards is the editor of the RTLH Newsletter for which a UK ISSN has been secured.


One of the goals of the Round Table is to arrange for translations of the papers of speakers at IFLA Conferences. The Secretary was assisted by both the speakers and by Annie Gachon (Aix, France) so there were English, French and German versions of one or both of the papers presented at the Havana Conference.

International Directory of Experts in Library History

Work on the 2nd edition of the Directory of Experts in Library History is progressing and the Round Table expects to publish it at the end of 1995.

Future Conferences

Istanbul 1995

The Round Table plans for a pre-conference seminar and, following initial correspondence with the 1995 Organizing Committee, agreement has been reached with the Department of Library Science at Istan bul University to host the seminar and undertake local arrangements. The Secretary visited Istanbul in June 1994 to work though the arrangements and to view the proposed venue for the meeting. Plans for the open session have been developed and two speakers have confirmed acceptance.

Havana Meeting

The Round Table held an open session in Havana with two papers presented:

La historia de las bibliotecas en México, un tema olvidado

The development of the historical research carried out during the last ten years is presented, with special attention to its great contribution to the history of the Mexican culture and stressing th e fact that there is still more to be done, in spite of the progress made.

Expectations and a Worthy, Respectable Position in Society: Means and Aims of Library Work within the Early Labour Movement in Sweden