The Network has organized three colloquia in the UK and the US. Each colloquium will focus on a specific theme, and will feature methodological workshops, work-in-progress presentations, pre-circulated papers, and roundtables. Please note that the programs below are provisional and are subject to change. To view past programs, visit our Program Archive page.

Colloquium 3:  Libraries in the Community, London, January 22-24, 2015

Thursday 22 January 2015 – Dr Williams’s Library


12:15 – Registration, Coffee, Tea and Biscuits


12:45-1:15 – Welcome and Update on Network Activities

Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool), Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary) and Kyle Roberts (Loyola University Chicago)


1:15-2:45 – Books for the Community

Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary)

Isaac Watts’s Gift of Books Revisited

Rob Koehler (NYU)

‘In Lieu of Money to Receive Books’: Book Giving at the New York Society Library, 1789-1795

Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library, Dublin)

Marsh’s Library, Dublin: Where the Enlightenment came to die?


3:00-4:30 – Commercial Libraries, Booksellers and the Community

Stephen Colclough  (Bangor)

“Bookseller-Stationer-Printer- AND -Librarian”: Assessing the Evidence for the emergence of the Commercial Library in North Wales, 1780-1850

Marina Garone Gravier (UNAM)

Editorial production, circulation and consumption of the colonial Pueblan book in Mexico City: commercial networks of printer Pedro de la Rosa’s family (1777-1821)

Norbert Schürer (CSU, Long Beach)

From the World to Winchester: Foreign Books in John Burdon’s Bookshop.


5:00-6:00 – Introduction to Collections, followed by reception


8:00 – Voluntary dinner (sign up sheet at registration desk and prior to event)


Friday 23 January 2015 – Dr Williams’s Library


10:00-11.30 – Educational Libraries and Student Communities

Rachel Eckersley (DWL/Cambridge)

From private devotion to ‘public’ education: Northern dissenting academies and their benefactors during the late 18th and 19th century

Karen Attar (Senate House Library)

Piety in the godless institution: the earliest books in the University of London Library

Matthew Eddy (Durham)

Interactive Inscription: Student Notebooks as Windows to How Libraries Were Used


Coffee, Tea and Biscuits


12.00-1.00 – Libraries and Publics 1: Coffee Houses and Parishes

Markman Ellis (Queen Mary)

Poetry and Civic Urbanism in the Library of Tom’s Coffee-House 1734-1758

David Allan (St Andrews)

‘For the Edification of the Common People’: The English Parish Library in The Long Eighteenth Century


Sandwich Lunch


2:15-3:15 – Libraries and Publics 2: Debating Societies

Jon Mee (York)

Library or the collision of mind?: The case of the Literary and Philosophical Society at Newcastle, 1793-1822

Isabelle Lehuu (UQAM)

Debating Societies’ Libraries and Young Men’s Reading Practices in Nineteenth-Century North Carolina


Coffee, Tea and Biscuits


3:45-5:00 – Library Futures Roundtable

Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library)

David Pearson (Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries at the City of London Corporation)

Renae Satterley (Middle Temple Library)

David Wykes (Dr Williams’s Library)


5:30 – Plenary Paper/History of Libraries Seminar, Senate House

Wayne Wiegand (FSU)

‘Improv’d the General Conversation of Americans:’ Social Libraries in Colonial America and the United States to 1854


Wine reception

8:00 – Colloquium dinner (speakers only)


Saturday 24 January 2015 – Queen Mary University London


9:30-11:00 – Public/Private in the Personal Library

James Caudle (Yale)

James Boswell’s Books in Town and Country: The Cultural and Political Meanings of the Private Library in Britain, 1695–1825

David Hancock (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

The Body in the Library:  Lord Lansdowne and the Nursery of Imagination at the End of the Enlightenment

Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary)

The library of the Methodist editor and tutor Thomas Jackson, donated in 1859 to the Wesleyan Theological Institution, Richmond


11:30-12:30 – County House Libraries and the National Trust (Roundtable)

Abigail Brundin (Cambridge)

Dunstan Roberts (Cambridge)

Mark Purcell (National Trust)


1:30-3:30 – Libraries in the Community, from 1750 to the present (Roundtable)

Katie Halsey (Stirling)

Innerpeffray Library (1680 to the present)

John Crawford (Independent Scholar)

Leadhills Library (1741 to the present)

Sue Roe (Reading Sheffield)

Sheffield Book Club (from 1806)

Loveday Herridge (Reading Sheffield)

Sheffield Library (1771-1907)

Christopher Phillips (Lafayette)

Easton Library Company, Pennsylvania (1811-1862)

Annika Bautz (Plymouth)

Plymouth Public Library, 1810 to the present.


4:00-5:00 – Concluding Comments and Roundtable Discussion

James Raven (Essex)


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