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subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research.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 Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services.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 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, djoshuataylor@gmail.com, with questions about the event.
  • History Librarians Discussion Group: Please join the RUSA History Librarians Discussion Group to learn about two outstanding crowdsourcing projects from the University of Iowa and the University of Louisville. The group will meet at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Conference on Sunday, February 1, from 1-2:30 pm. The panelists will talk about how they successfully engaged their local communities in transcribing historical materials for these two digital projects. 
    • DIY History: Speakers: Gregory Prickman,  Head, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Iowa, and Tom Keegan, Head of Digital Research & Publishing, University of Iowa
    • The Louisville Leader: Speakers: Carrie Daniels, University Archivist and  Director of Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, and Rachel Howard, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Louisville

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