Our History

Information & Culture: A Journal of History is an academic journal publishing scholarly work related to the history of information. While the journal has undergone a name change and grown in scope in recent years, it has a history of over 50 years of academic publishing. Established in 1966 as The Journal of Library History, the original incarnation of this academic journal was edited and published at Florida State University until 1976. At that time, the journal's editorship moved to The University of Texas at Austin. In 1988, the title was changed to Libraries & Culture, and changed again to Libraries & the Cultural Record in 2006. In 2012 the journal assumed its present title, Information & Culture: A Journal of History.

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Ciaran B. Trace headshotCiaran B. Trace is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Higher Diploma in Archival Studies from University College Dublin and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has taught previously at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trace’s work explores what constitutes a literate society, and the role that recorded information plays in creating and sustaining literate environments (both personal and professional). Her work has been published in Information and Culture, Archival Science, Archivaria, Archives and Manuscripts, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Journal of Documentation. Her work has also appeared in the proceedings of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST).

Managing Editor

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Richard H. Thompson holds a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Southern California. Before joining the masters program in information science at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, Dr. Thompson studied the interactions between visceral and somatomotor neural circuits that mediate the expression of goal-directed behaviors like feeding and drinking. His current interests center around the use of structured environments to facilitate the organization and management of large datasets with diverse content.

Editorial Fellow 

Kathleen Forrest is a Masters student at the University of Texas School of Information. Prior to joining the masters program, she was the Public Engagement Coordinator at the Arts Council of Fort Worth, where she managed community outreach, events, and education for the City of Fort Worth’s Public Art program. Before the Arts Council, she spent three years at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in membership and marketing. She has a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Texas in Arlington.  

Senior Book Reviews Editor

Amelia Acker is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. She studies the emergence and standardization of new information objects and data traces communication networks. Currently, she is researching data cultures, information infrastructures and digital preservation contexts that support long-term cultural memory. Amelia’s current research program addresses emerging digital traces and mobile computing cultures that are shaped by new data collection practices amongst different kinds of users, designers, technologists, and institutions. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and has been published in journals such as the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Archival Science, and the Annals of the History of Computing.

Student Editor, Book Reviews

Lea DeForest headshotLea DeForest is a Masters candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Her concentration is museum studies with an emphasis on material culture, media literacy, and multicultural communities. Lea is a development professional with the Charles A. Dana Center at UT Austin. She manages communications for Literacy First, a program that teaches economically disadvantaged K-2nd grade students the skills they need to read. Lea holds a BFA in Furniture Design from Main College of Art.