Eric Novotny is humanities librarian and subject specialist for history, history of science and middle east studies at Pennsylvania State University. He received his MLS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research interests focus on the role of public libraries in American society, in particular during the demographic and political upheavals of the early twentieth century. He has presented at numerous conferences and published on topics including “The Chicago Public Library during the Great Depression”, “Library Services to Immigrants, 1900-1920”, and “Censorship in the Chicago Public Library, 1910-1936. He currently serves as the past-chair of the Library History Round Table, the primary professional organization for library history, and is the co-editor of the journal Libraries: Culture, History and Society.