Alistair Black is a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of A New History of the English Public Library (1996) and The Public Library in Britain 1914–2000 (2000). He is also the coauthor of Understanding Community Librarianship (1997); The Early Information Society in Britain, 1900–1960 (2007); and Books, Buildings and Social Engineering (2009), a socio-architectural history of early public libraries in Britain. Dr. Black coedited volume 3 (covering 1850–2000) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (2006). He was the editor of the international journal Library History from 2004 to 2008 and is currently North American editor of Library and Information History. He is also the coeditor of the journal Library Trends.
Sharon Irish is a project coordinator at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She serves as an advisory editor for the journal Technology and Culture. Also an art and architectural historian, she is the author of the book Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between (2010) and has published extensively on the architecture of Cass Gilbert.
Pierre Mounier-Kuhn is chargé de recherches with the CNRS at the Université Paris–Sorbonne (Centre Roland Mousnier) and associate researcher with the Centre Alexandre Koyré–CRHST. He devoted his doctoral dissertation to the history of computing in France and acted as special issue editor of a series of the Annals of the History of Computing on the same topic in 1989–90. Dr. Mounier-Kuhn co-organized several international conferences on the history of computing, patents, and telecommunications. He has published some fifty papers and a book, L’informatique en France, de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale au Plan Calcul: L’émergence d’une science (Presses de l’Université Paris–Sorbonne, 2010). Dr. Mounier-Kuhn is a partner in the research program Geoscience, funded by the French Agence nationale de la recherche, which studies “local, national, global changing science” to elaborate a geography of academic scientific activities and institutions. [End Page 514]
Carol L. Tilley is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches courses in comics readers’ advisory and youth services librarianship. Part of her scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. She is the coeditor of School Library Media Research, the peer-reviewed online journal of the American Association of School Librarians. [End Page 515]