History: Instruction and Research Services


The Instruction and Research Services Committee provides resources for librarians who engage in instruction and research service in the field of history. It is charged with creating and disseminating guidelines and tools to assist with instruction, reference services, and collection development. The Committee also seeks to promote communication among librarians, students, faculty, and organizations with an interest in history instruction and research, regardless of geographic or chronological specialty.

Those interested in volunteering for this committee should complete a committee volunteer form.


  • Complete the Directory for Primary Resources in U.S. History. This is a first attempt at creating other pages to list important primary source collections by subject.
  • Explore presenting a webinar on the Committee’s “Information Literacy Standards and Competencies for Undergraduate History Students."
  • Improve exchange of ideas about instruction and Information Literacy practices among history bibliographers.


Melissa F. Gonzalez (Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Amanda Binder (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Erica A. Bruchko (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020)
Rebecca Ann Lloyd (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019)
Ann Marshall (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019)
Taylor McNeir (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Kathy Shields (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019)

Displaying active committee roster as of 06/25/2018. Last retrieved on 06/25/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


See RUSA or Section Bylaws.


See Committee Charge.

Get Involved

ALA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on the committee. 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.