Abstract

Biennial literature reviews, somewhat rare in library and historical scholarship, have become integral to the scholarly apparatus of American library history since their inception in 1967. This essay surveys the history and structure of the reviews, tracing trends in our specialized culture and making observations about some of the more significant historiographical debates. The reviews illustrate transitions from institutional history to book culture, the rise of multiethnic and gender studies, and variations in theoretical frameworks. Suggestions for future directions appear in analyses of work by some of our most provocative and productive scholars.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2166-3033
Print ISSN
2164-8034
Pages
pp. 251-266
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-25
Open Access
No
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