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subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research.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 Through its programs, committees, and projects, the Section helps to improve the materials and methods for historical reference and research services.

Upcoming events at ALA Midwinter 2017

  • Friday, January 20, 9am-4pm RUSA Genealogy Institute Free, full-day RUSA Genealogy Institute in Atlanta, GA, January 20

    You are invited to a Free full-day Genealogy Institute at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on January 20, 2017, from 9 am to 4 pm.  This genealogy and history library institute will provide speakers and opportunities for interaction on themes ranging from instructional partnerships to new resources in genealogical research. Topic areas include genealogy skill building, Native American and African American family history resources, DNA, and subjects applicable to family history and local history librarianship in a variety of contexts. This session should be of interest to public, academic, and special library workers, historians, archivists, and volunteers.  The event is organized by Reference and User Services Division of the American Library Association and it is sponsored by ProQuest. 

    You do not have to be an ALA member to attend, however registration is required on the ALA Registration website.

    Those attending ALA as well should register for this event using event code "RUS2" here: http://2017.alamidwinter.org/register-now.

    If you are interested in attending this event, but do not want to attend ALA, use the above link and "Single Session" on the third page of the registration process which is a $0 fee! 

    If you have already registered for the ALA, but would like to add this free event, you will need to call this number to add it to your current registration:  1-866-513-0760

    For general questions concerning the event, you may contact Helen Gbala (gbalah@cod.edu) or Rhonda Clark (rclark@clarion.edu)

  • Saturday, January 21, 4:30-5:30pm Genealogy & Local History Discussion Group, Georgia World Congress Center, B201
  • Saturday, January 21, 5:30-7pm RUSA Membership Social, OMNI, Cottonwood
  • Sunday, January 22, 1-2:30pm History Librarians Discussion Group, Georgia World Congress Center, B201
  • Sunday, January 22, 5-7pm RUSA Book and Media Awards, Georgia World Congress Center, B302-B305
  • Monday, January 23, 8:30-10am Executive Committee Meeting, Georgia World Congress Center, A310

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!

Connect with the History Section!

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Sign up for the history-l listserv.
  • 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.