New Reviews

The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges edited by Andrew P. Jackson, Julius Jefferson Jr. and Akilah S. Nosakhere, reviewed by Goldwynn Lewis.
The third edition of The Black Librarian in America continues the critical work pioneered by Dr. E.J. Josey (1924-2009) by challenging overt and covert forms of discrimination and racism within the library profession. While progress has been made since the first edition was published in 1970... Read more.

Histoire et civilisation du livre: Pour une histoire transnationale du livre edited by Martin Lyons and Jean-Yves Mollier, reviewed by Mary Niles Maack. Histoire et civilisation du livre is an important book history annual published by Droz in Switzerland and issued with the sponsorship of  the French national graduate school for library and information professionals... Read more.

Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry by Thomas J. Misa, reviewed by Paul E. Ceruzzi. One can easily find a shelf-full of books that describe the history, origins, and current state of digital computing activity in Silicon Valley, California. There are similar, though fewer, studies of the Route 128 tech region around Boston, and the military-industrial activities concentrated in the suburbs of Washington, DC... Read more.

From Leipzig to London: The Life and Work of Emigre Artist Hellmuth Weissenborn by Anna Nyburn, reviewed by Amy Andres. From the time the National Socialists seized Germany in 1933 to the official ban of emigration in 1941, a large number of German nationals emigrated to other parts of Europe.  While there is no survey that documents the occupations of these German émigrés... Read more.

A Social History of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes by Patrick M. Valentine, reviewed by Cecilia Bonnor. Students of book and library history will find Valentine’s study an indispensible guide that examines how social forces shaped the production and dissemination of written text. Valentine’s undertaking regarding the relationship between books and their social contexts comes at a crucial moment... Read more.