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LHRT announces new co-editors for Libraries: Culture, History, and Society (LCHS)

CHICAGO – The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association is proud to announce Dr. Nicole A. Cooke and Dr. Carol A. Leibiger as the new co-editors of its official peer-reviewed journal Libraries: Culture, History, and Society (LCHS).

Cooke is Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of dozens of books, chapters, and articles on critical cultural information studies, fake news consumption, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. Cooke guest-edited LCHS’s 2022 special issue on Black women librarians, prioritizing Black librarians as authors and storytellers. She is the founding editor of ALA Neal-Schuman’s Critical Cultural Information Studies book series.

Leibiger is a an associate professor and information literacy coordinator at the University of South Dakota. A seasoned researcher in the humanities, Leibiger is widely published and has extensive experience as a reviewer and member of editorial boards in library and information studies. She is past chair and longtime member of LHRT. Leibiger brings additional language competencies that will help forge connections with international partners.

Cooke and Leibiger will work alongside founding editors, Bernadette A. Lear and Eric C. Novotny, through the completion of the Fall 2024 issue.

Founded in 2015, Libraries: Culture, History, and Society is the only scholarly publication in the United States devoted to library history. LCHS published its first issue in 2017 and aims to study libraries within their broader historical, humanistic, and social contexts. LCHS is committed to centering and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its practices—not just what it publishes, but whom and how it publishes. For more information about the journal visit Read the full LCHS DEI Statement and Action Plan at

Founded in 1947, LHRT is an inclusive and diverse organization that supports anyone who is interested in the history of libraries and librarianship. It facilitates communication, provides thought-provoking programs, offers awards for outstanding research, and is active in issues, such as preservation, that concern all library historians. For more information, visit

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