Lear receives national award for library history article

Bernadette Lear, Penn State Harrisburg behavioral sciences and education librarian, of Middletown, received the 2012 Donald G. Davis Article Award. The award, presented biannually by the American Library Association’s Library History Round Table, honors an English language article on American or Canadian library history.

Lear’s article “Yankee librarian in the Diamond City: Hannah Packard James, the Osterhout Free Library of Wilkes-Barre, and the public library movement of Pennsylvania,” was published in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. The chair of the Library History Round Table Davis Award Committee said “Bernadette’s exceptional use of a variety of primary sources, her attention to Hannah James’s personality and personal life as part of the context of her work as a librarian, and the attention to a conservative librarian during the Progressive Era… opens the way for a closer examination of that era as a contested space.”

"The breadth and caliber of my colleagues' research is inspiring. So it is a distinct honor to be recognized by the Davis committee," Lear said.

The Donald G. Davis Article Award is named for an emeritus professor from the University of Texas and editor of Libraries and the Cultural Record, whose works have benefited the field of library history.

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Last Updated June 19, 2012