History: Local History


The Committee offers an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns related to the management of local history services and collections. Activities include writing guidelines that address services, collections, and preservation of local history materials. Programs sponsored by the Committee include newspaper indexing, house histories, and the care of photography collections.
Those interested in volunteering for this committee should complete a committee volunteer form.


  • Developing a finding aid or other cataloging tool that will provide information on genealogy and local history books, oral and photo histories, and other similar materials which have been self-published by individuals or by small local or vanity publishers.  

Published Guidelines:

The Guidelines for Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration of Local History and Local Genealogical Materials (1992) has been sunsetted. Consult resources listed at the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services of the American Library Association (ALCTS) Preservation & Reformatting Section Web page.



Jennifer McElroy (Chair, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Michelle Renee Enke (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Michael J. Hall (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Kim S. Harrison (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ben M. Himmelfarb (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Cheryl A. Lang (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Stephanie Martin (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Kathleen Monti (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Janalyn L. Moss (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Ashley Loren Rayner (Member, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017)
Susan Swiatosz (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2015. Last retrieved on 02/23/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


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ALA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on [insert committee name here]. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out an application form. Appointments take place once a year, during the spring. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1.

Staff Liaison

Jennifer Cross
Web Services Mgr.