Quarterly Update

Carol Schuetz, editor

History

by

Kathy Shields

Hello History members,

The History Section has been active over the past few months! In January, we participated in the RUSA Town Hall on “Services in the time of COVID-19,” where we shared about the innovative ways that section members have responded to changes in our work and continued to support our community members over the past year. We greatly enjoyed seeing and hearing from so many members and prospective members at our virtual Midwinter All-Section meeting and at the virtual History Librarians’ Discussion Group, convened by Steve Knowlton and Agnes Widder, in January.

Also, in January, thanks to some History Section members, the Executive Committee was made aware of an opportunity to endorse the American Historical Association’s statement condemning the 1776 Report. As a section comprising both historians and history librarians, we felt compelled to bring this to the attention of both RUSA and the ALA Office. As a result, ALA officially endorsed the AHA Statement.

Each of our History Section committees are also hard at work, including the Historical Materials Committee, which is evaluating resources for their 2020 Best Historical Materials list. (Check out the previous lists here.) The call for committee volunteers is just around the corner, so please consider volunteering for a History Section committee. We also have some great programs coming up this spring, so make sure to sign up for notifications from us on ALA Connect so you don’t miss anything!

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