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Donald G. Davis Jr. is professor of library history in the School of Information (formerly the Graduate School of Library & Information Science) at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1971. He is also a professor in the Department of History and has served as the editor of Libraries & Culture since 1977. He received his education at UCLA, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently teaches courses on the history of archives, books, and libraries and on collection development in addition to consulting and professional activity around the world. He has authored or coauthored eleven monographs and reference works, including American Library History: A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature (1989), Encyclopedia of Library History (1994), and Dictionary of American Library Biography, 2nd Supplement (2003).

Nirmolini V. Flora is an honorary research associate with the Centre for the Book in the School of Literary, Visual, and Performance Studies at Monash University. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in librarianship from Monash University. She is a graduate of Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow University and previously served as a librarian at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India.

Steven R. Harris is the English literature librarian at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he has worked for four years. He holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Utah and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona. He has coauthored (with John B. Harer) Censorship of Expression in the 1980s: A Statistical Survey (Greenwood Press, 1994) and is interested in how intellectual freedom has affected the library profession. He hopes to continue investigating the process of integration in Louisiana libraries, and he is in the process of coediting a book about literary library instruction.

Melody Specht Kelly is the associate dean of libraries at the University of North Texas in Denton. She holds an undergraduate degree in history and English from North Texas State University and an M.L.S. and master’s degree in history from the same institution. She won the Outstanding Alumna Award for the University of North Texas [End Page 401] School of Library and Information Sciences and is the author of two books: Using Government Documents (Neal-Schuman, 1992) and Uncle Sam’s Net of Knowledge Guide for Schools (Neal-Schuman, 1998). Special interests include the use of federal documents in social studies, art, and literature writing assignments for K–12 students. She prepared a series of articles for the Book Report: The Magazine for Secondary Library Media & Technology Specialists in 2000 and 2001 that were designed to introduce the use of federal documents.

Marci Lingo is a professor of English and reference librarian at Bakersfield College, California. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, a master’s degree in English from the California State University, Bakersfield, and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. Her professional duties are divided between working as a reference librarian with an emphasis on information competency and teaching English.



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