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subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research.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 Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services.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 Events at ALA Midwinter
- Genealogy Preconference: This will be an interactive day learning and networking for all librarians serving genealogists. Leaders from the library and genealogical industry will cover a variety of topics, including strategic planning, partnerships, and serving diverse populations. Luncheon provided by our sponsor, ProQuest. More information
January 30, from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Registration is required: http://bit.ly/1FdaG1O Please register before January 20th.
Please contact Joshua Taylor, email@example.com, with questions about the event.
- History Librarians Discussion Group: Please join the RUSA History Librarians Discussion Group for a discussion about crowdsourcing projects from two academic libraries. The group will be meeting at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 1 – 2:30 pm at McCormick Place West in Room W181c.
Description: A panel of speakers from the University of Iowa and the University of Louisville will talk about their experience working with crowdsourcing projects at their institutions.
In February 2013, the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections began providing online access to all extant copies of a defunct local African-American newspaper, The Louisville Leader, accompanied by a request to the community to help manually transcribe the text, which optical character recognition (OCR) had failed to capture in any useful manner. Carrie Daniels, University Archivist and Director of Archives & Special Collections, will discuss the history and importance of The Leader and the decision to crowdsource its transcription. Rachel Howard, Digital Initiatives Librarian, will cover the workflows, challenges, and benefits of the project in its two years of existence.
The University of Iowa Libraries began the DIY History Project in spring 2011 by transcribing civil war letters and diaries with the help of volunteers. The project continues to successfully involve volunteers in contributing their efforts for transcribing various digital collections. Gregory Prickman, the Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Tom Keegan, the Head of Digital Research & Publishing will discuss the DIY Project at the University of Iowa.
1. Introductions (1-1:10 pm)
2. Panel/ Discussion Title: Crowdsourcing Projects from the University of Iowa and the University of Louisville (1:10-2:10pm)
Moderator: Chella Vaidyanathan, Curator of 19th-21st Century Rare Books & Manuscripts & Liaison Librarian for History, Africana Studies and Latin American Studies, Johns Hopkins University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
a) Carrie Daniels, University Archivist and Director of Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville
b) Rachel Howard, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Louisville
c) Gregory Prickman, Head of Special Collections & University Archives, University of Iowa
d) Tom Keegan, Head of Digital Research & Publishing, University of Iowa
3. Discussion/ Q &A (2:10-2:30 pm)
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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.