History Section Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides leadership, coordination, and direction for the Section and acts for and by the authority of the Section during the period between meetings of the Section.

Genealogical Publishing Company Award Committee

The Committee administers an annual award of $1,500 to a librarian, library, or publisher to encourage, recognize, and commend professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. The recipient must be a RUSA member and shall be selected for exceptional accomplishment related to bibliography, book reviewing, indexing, professional association leadership, programs, and training.

Genealogy Committee

The Genealogy Committee provides a forum serving the interests of librarians whose work is in or related to the field of genealogy. Committee members represent large and small genealogical collections in public, special, university and society libraries. Its objective is to train and assist librarians serving genealogists. For several years the Committee has sponsored a preconference entitled “Reference Service for Genealogists: A Mini-Course for Librarians” prior to the ALA Annual Conference.

Historical Materials Committee

The Committee (formerly known as the Bibliographies and Indexes Committee) seeks to improve the usefulness of bibliographies and indexes in the field of history through the evaluation both of specific publications and the pattern and effectivenss of coverage in all fields of history. Each year the Committee compiles and publishes its “Best Bibliographies in History” in RQ. In addition, the Committee promotes enhanced availability of historical works and information and serves as a liaison among bibliographers, indexers, publishers, and professional associations.

Instruction and Research Services Committee

The Instruction and Research Services Committee provides resources for librarians who engage in instruction and research service in the field of history. It is charged with creating and disseminating guidelines and tools to assist with instruction, reference services, and collection development. The Committee also seeks to promote communication among librarians, students, faculty, and organizations with an interest in history instruction and research, regardless of geographic or chronological specialty.

Local History Committee

The Committee offers an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns related to the management of local history services and collections. Activites include writing guidelines that address services, collections, and preservation of local history materials. Programs sponsored by the Committee include newspaper indexing, house histories, and the care of photography collections.