History Section

The History Section represents the subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research. It brings together representatives of history collections in all formats from all types of libraries, archives, and historical societies.

History was the first section established within RUSA and is the only group within the American Library Association devoted to the discipline of history. Reflecting the Section's broad representation, its objectives are to identify common problems and to recommend solutions that can enhance service to users. Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services.

History Section Self Study Survey

This year, the History Section of RUSA is charged to review the section and suggest future goals. Through this process, we hope to better connect with our section members, both those who are active and with those who might want more from the section. While we know that there are lots of requests for surveys, it would help us greatly if you would be willing to complete the survey for us.

Listserv discussion about DDA/PDA plans in history

One of the topics on the agenda for the History Librarian’s Discussion Group at Annual in Orlando will be DDA/PDA plans in history and librarians' concerns regarding this method of acquisition. To extend the Discussion Group to those who aren’t able to make it to Orlando, the Discussion Group chair will start off the discussion on Tuesday, March 25, with a general question posted to the history-l listserv. The listserv discussion will continue through June 14th. For information on PDA/DDA plans, see the June 2014 “Keeping Up With . . . Patron Driven Acquisitions” by Stephen Arougheti. 


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If you are already a RUSA member, you can join the History Section at no additional cost. Just select the History Section when you are joining or renewing your ALA membership.