Rebecca Knuth

Professor Emerita
Library & Information Science Program
Information & Computer Sciences Department
Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822


Ph.D., School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, 1995.
M.L.I.S., School of Library and Information Studies, University of Hawaii, 1989.
M.A., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1975.
B.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1971.

Professional Background

2007-present Full Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Library and Information Science Program, Department of Information and Computer Science

2012 Visiting Fellow, Institute of English Studies [Advanced Studies], University of London

2007, 2010 London Resident Director, University of Hawaii Study Abroad program

2004-2006 Chair, LIS Program

2001-2006 Associate Professor, University of Hawaii, Library and Information Science Program, Department of Information and Computer Sciences

1995-2000 Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, Library and Information Science Program, Department of Information and Computer Sciences

1998-2001 Chair, Communications and Information Sciences Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

Spring 2002 Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

2001 University of Hawaii, Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award

Fields of Interest

History of Books and Libraries (modern destruction of books and libraries)
Intellectual Freedom; Censorship
Children’s and Young Adult Literature and National Identity

Recent Courses Taught

LIS 611 Intellectual Freedom
LIS 612 History of Books and Libraries
LIS 681 Books and Media for Children
LIS 682 Books and Media for Young Adults
LIS 683 Services in Libraries

Current Research Interests

Book and library destruction as a function of political extremism, ethnic conflict and war

Forthcoming Work

Knuth, Rebecca. “Censoring Lives: Biography and the Destruction of Letters, Diaries, and Manuscripts.” [in composition]

Selected Publications

Knuth, Rebecca. 2012. Children’s Literature and national identity: Imagining a People and a Nation. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2009. “Libraries, Archives and the Pursuit of Access.” In The Impact of 9-11 on the Media, Arts and Entertainment: The Day That Changed Everything? Ed. Matthew J. Morgan and Rory Stewart. Palgrave MacMillan.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2007. “Genocide: Beyond remembrance or Denial.” In Fear of Persecution: Global Human Rights, International Law and the Human Wellbeing. Lexington Books.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2008. “Censorship.” In Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford University Press.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2006. Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. Praeger Press.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2003. Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the 20th Century. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Press.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2002. “Systematic Book Burning as Evil?” In Terrie Wadell (ed.). Cultural Expressions of Evil and Wickedness.

Knuth, Rebecca. 2002. “Libricide: The State-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries.” In Allen Kent (ed.). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Volume 72. New York: Marcel Dekker. 234-244.

Selected Presentations

2011 “Destruction of Libraries During War.” Book Destruction Conference, University of London. April 16, 2011

2009 “Threatening Fusions: When Ideologies and Demagogues Meet Ideas and Libraries.” Medical Libraries Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. May 20, 2009

2009 “Extremism and the Destruction of libraries.” CILIP Seminar. London, England, March 27, 2009.

2007 “The Wartime Destruction of Libraries.” Books on the Battlefield, York, England, October, 2007.

2006 “Destroying a Symbol: The Checkered History of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Public Library.” International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Annual Conference, Seoul, Korea, August, 2006. (paper accepted)

2005 “Book Destruction and Ethnic Violence in India and Kashmir.” Library History Seminar XI [Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, and Social Change.] University of Illinois, October, 2005.

2005 “Compromising Democracy: Militarism, Strategic Bombing, and the Destruction of Libraries.” Remembering and Reconsidering: The 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe and Asia. University of Hawaii, November, 2005.

2005 “Prelude to Genocide.” Sixth Biennial Conference, International Association of Genocide Scholars, Boca Raton, Florida, June 2005.

2003 “Destruction of Berlin’s Institute of Sexual Knowledge.” IFLA Conference, Berlin, July 2004.

2003 “Libricide: A Shadow Phenomenon.” International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference, Galway, Ireland, June 2003.

2002 “Book Burning and Issues of Evil.”Perspectives on Evil Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, March 2002.

2001 “Libraries and Total War.” SHARP Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, July 2001.

2000 “One People, One Nation: Libraries and Nationalism.” Library of Congress Symposium on National Libraries, Washington D.C., November 2000.

2000 “China’s Destruction of the Libraries of Tibet.” Lost Libraries Conference, Magdalen College, Cambridge, England, September 2000.

2000 “Libricide, Ethnocide, Genocide.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Conference, Mainz, Germany, July 2000.

Awards and Honors

2009 Library Journal Teaching Award.

2004 University of Hawaii Sarah K. Vann Professional Service Award.

2003 University of Hawaii Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching.