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subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research.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 Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services.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

The award committee is accepting nominations for the RUSA History Section/Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award. The award will be granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. An emphasis in an area reflected by the History Section’s subject-oriented committees, not excluding American history, is required. Those committees are: Genealogy, Local History, Instruction and Research Services, and Historical Materials.

The award winner will receive a citation and $2,500 which may be used at the winner’s discretion. Examples: to offset travel expenses to consult distant materials, to pay photocopying charges, to obtain copyright permissions, to offset publication subvention costs, to buy equipment needed for the project, to purchase research-related office supplies, or like expenditures. The individual applicant and his/her institution shall determine whether the award money will be paid directly to the librarian as an individual or to his or her institution, based on the institution’s grant recipient requirements and whether the project is for personal research unrelated to the librarian’s job or for a work-related project. Please note in the grant submission to whom the funds should be directed and provide contact information.

Nomination forms and questions should be directed to the committee chair, David Charles Murray, murrayd@tcnj.edu. Please note that the submission deadline is December 9, 2016.

Metadata discussion

During the History Librarians Discussion Group at Midwinter 2016, attendees were interested in learning more about the metadata standards used by different digital scholarship sites. Kara Long, Metadata and Catalog Librarian at Baylor University, has kindly composed an incredibly helpful piece for the History Section. She explains metadata and relates metadata to formats librarians will understand. Many thanks to Kara!

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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.