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subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research.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 Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services.

The History Librarians Discussion Group will set two topics for discussion at Midwinter.  Please use the following link to weigh in on your preferences among these four topics by November 10:

  • Using social media to promote history and genealogy resources and services
  • Digital history tools for patron use in historical and genealogical studies
  • Taking the ACRL "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education" beyond the higher ed environment
  • Public history: the role of archives and local history in building community


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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.