Donald C. Boyd is an instructor of elementary education at Saint Leo University in Florida. He holds an M.S. in social studies education from Nova University and is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education at the University of Florida. His research interests include history of public library services during the Great Depression, literacy issues in Appalachia, and history of twentieth-century education in the United States.
William W. Hardesty is coordinator of arrangement and description in the Special Collections and Archives Department, Georgia State University Library, Atlanta. Prior to earning his M.L.I.S. degree at the University of Texas at Austin, he studied U.S. history at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Miami University of Ohio (M.A.).
Claudia Hill is a product manager for web and database applications, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago and an M.L.S. in information organization from the State University of New York at Albany. She has an ongoing interest in Caribbean culture, geography, and history. Her current research involves issues of access, organization, and preservation of knowledge as well as issues of intellectual property.
J. E. Traue is a former chief librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, and a former teaching fellow in the Department of Library and Information Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a master’s degree from the University of New Zealand, the diploma of the New Zealand Library School, and the fellowship of the New Zealand Library Association. He has published widely on aspects of library policy, library history, history of the book, and the design of book and manuscript exhibitions. He was recently made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the library profession.
William C. Welburn is associate dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Ph.D. in library [End Page 196] and information science from Indiana University and an M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University. His research interests include the historical relationship between library and information science and African American/African diaspora studies as well as college and university libraries in an organizational context.