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Dr. Wayne Wiegand

F. Williams Summers Professor of Library and Information Sciences & Professor of American Studies
254 Louis Shores Building

Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies & Professor of American Studies (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, 1974) specializes in American library and American book history, with numerous scholarly publications in both areas. His most recent book is Books On Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007; coauthored with Shirley A. Wiegand) which was named the Book-of-the Month for November, 2007, by the American Bookseller’s Foundation for Free Expression.

Before moving to Tallahassee in 2003, he served on the faculty of School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002), where he cofounded and served as Co-Director of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America (a joint program of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society established in 1992). Wiegand has been a Fellow in the UW-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities, was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, and currently serves as Director of the Florida Book Awards, an annual competition covering seven categories of literature. He is a member of the original HoTT Steering Committee. During the 2008-2009 academic year, he was on Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (which was also distinguished by the NEH Chairman as a “We the People” initiative) to write a “People’s History of the American Public Library.” In the HoTT program, Dr. Wiegand teaches courses in American Library History and the History of Reading in Everyday Life.

In addition to Books on Trial and over seventy scholarly articles, Dr. Wiegand’s publications relevant to the History of Text Technologies also include History of A Hoax: Edmund Lester Pearson, John Cotton Dana and “The Old Librarian’s Almanack” (1979), Politics of an Emerging Profession: The American Library Association, 1876-1917 (1986), “An Active Instrument for Propaganda:” American Public Libraries During World War I (1989), and Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey (1996). The last three were given the G.K. Hall Award for Outstanding Contribution to Library Literature (1988, 1991; 1997).

Publications he coedited include the Encyclopedia of Library History (with Donald G. Davis, Jr., 1994); Print Culture in a Diverse America (with James Danky, 1998; awarded the 1999 Carey McWilliams Award for scholarly contribution to multicultural literature);Defining Print Culture for Youth: The Cultural Work of Children’s Reading (with Anne Lundin, 2003); Women in Print: Essays on the Print Culture of American Women from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (with James Danky, 2006). Since 2003 he has coedited the “Print Culture History in Modern America” series for the University of Wisconsin Press with James Danky and Christine Pawley.

Wiegand is currently working on a manuscript entitled Main Street Public Library: Books and Reading in the Heartland, 1876-1956 and coauthoring another with Sarah Wadsworth entitled, Right Here I See My Own Books: The Women’s Library at the 1893 World’s Fair.