Historical Program Highlights

2023 Program: Systematic and Evidence Synthesis Reviews: Supporting Research in the Social Sciences

2022 Program: Classification and Justice: Unfinished Work in Resource Description

2021 Program: Confronting the Myth of Neutrality (Joint ANSS, ULS, PPIRS program)

2019 Program: Grassroots Advocacy and Librarians: Using Research Power to Make Change (Joint ANSS/PIPRS program)

2018 Program: Southern Food Culture & Politics

2017 Program: Protest and Preservation

2016 Program: Magical Digital Encounters of the Social Science Kind

2015 Program: Libraries Behind Bars: Education and Outreach to Prisoners

2014 Program: Supporting Community Transformation: Becoming a Community-Engaged Academic Library

2013 Program: Studying Ourselves: Libraries and the User Experience

2011 Program: The Aftermath of Katrina and Rita: The Effects on Libraries, People and Neighborhoods

2010 Program: Standing up and Sitting in: Libraries and Social Change

2009 Program: Chicago’s Ethnic Mosaic: Cultural Identity and Neighborhood Change

2008 Program: The Lady, the Tramp, and the Lion King: Mixed Messages About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

2007 Reception and brainstorming session with the American Anthropological Association and the American Sociological Association

2007 Program: “Native American Heritage in the Nation’s Capital: Representation, Repatriation, and Resilience”

2006 Program: Drug Foods, Fast Foods, and Feasts: The Social Science of Eating

2005 Program: “Are Subject Librarians An Endangered Species?”

2004 Program: “Her Eyes Were Watching Humanity: Zora Neale Hurston as Ethnographer, Novelist, and Feminist”

2003 Program: “Oral Tradition, Copyright, and the Internet: Aboriginal Canada in the 21st Century”

This program features Dr. Winona Wheeler, Dean of the SIFC Saskatoon Campus and Associate Professor of Indian Studies, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and Patrick Boucher, Strategic and Policy Officer and Aboriginal Canada Portal Manager, Strategic Planning, Information Management Branch, Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada. The speakers will describe new initiatives and projects designed to help aboriginal peoples find necessary information and defend their cultural heritage in the new Web world. Mr. Boucher will describe Canada’s Aboriginal Portal Project, with links to help peoples of the First Nations find information locally and globally. Dr. Wheeler will review how the new copyright laws affect aboriginal peoples in Canada and how these laws may be used to protect their cultural traditions.

2002 Program: “Shamanism: Implications for Revisioning Librarianship.”

Examined shamanism from three different perspectives. A cultural anthropologist and professor of religion defined the term, looked at its historical development in American culture, and commented on modern-day applications in contemporary societies. A medical anthropologist examined the healing aspects of shamanism in earlier eras and today. A sociologist and professor of library science offered a sociological perspective on shamanism and why it appeals to high-tech information-driven cultures like our own. Speakers: Dr. Delia Easton, Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Gary M. Laderman, Dept. of Religion, Emory University; Sydney J. Pierce, School of Library Science, Catholic University. Tour: The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. (Atlanta)

2002 Criminal Justice/Criminology Librarians’ Discussion Group meets for the first time

2002 Subject and Bibliographic Access Committee meets for the first time

2001 Program: “Social Movements, Marginalized Groups and the Internet: Issues for Librarians and Researchers.”

This program discussed some of the implications and effects of using the Internet as a tool for social movements and for increasing visibility of marginalized or indigenous groups. The Internet has become an important tool for disseminating information and organizing support on an international level. Researchers and scholars are working with many marginalized populations and indigenous groups to establish Internet access, digitize resources, and help create web pages. The panel highlighted several projects and what librarians need to know to reach the evolving needs of information seekers in the rapidly changing online environment. Panelists: Dr. Marc Becker, Truman State University; Dr. Harry Cleaver, University of Austin Texas; Ms. Patti Mallin, Institute of Global Communications (IGC); Mr. Itibari Zulu, UCLA Center for African American Studies. Tour: Mission Trail Murals. (San Francisco)

2000 Program: “Sociological and Anthropological Research in Transition: Transdisciplinary Collaboration, Qualitative/quantitative Rapprochement.”

Social scientists seem to be rediscovering each other through cooperative research, work in common research arenas, and use of similar data now almost ubiquitously available. At the same time, most are rediscovering the interconnectedness of research on the populations they study. The panel explored whether this will be a persistent pattern and what librarians need to know as facilitators. Panelists discussed what kinds of cooperative bonds have been, are, and can be formed between librarians and researchers in our increasingly electronically complex information and data-full world. Panelists included: Kathleen Parks Assistant Director, Center on Demography and Economics of Aging, National Opinion Research Center (topic: “Research Centers as Research Facilitators”); Tom W. Smith, Director, General Social Survey, National Opinion Research Center (“The International Social Survey Program: Cross-National Research Developments and Opportunities”); Jennifer Hisselman, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (“Using State Data for Research”); Jocelyn Tipton, Data and Electronic Services Librarian and Will Wheeler, Coordinator of Collection Development, Yale University Social Science Library (“Data in Libraries: Collections and Access”). Tour: Jane Addams’ Hull-House Museum. (Chicago)

1999 Program: “Preserving Social History: The Leadership Role of Librarians & Scholars in Building Locally Based Collections.”

The program focuses on the creative efforts of librarians and scholars who seek to preserve community social history for the use of library users. The program will consist of presentations by four panelists who exemplify leadership at universities and in communities by virtue of their endeavor to preserve information about their communities for scholarly investigations and general library patron use. Panelists include: Dr. Barry Ancelet, Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Director of the Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore, University of Southwestern Louisiana; Roberts Batson, President and Co-Founder of The Bienville Foundation and New Orleans community activist; Anne Frank, Head of the Southeast Asian Archive, University of California, Irvine; and Bruce Raeburn, Director of the Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University Library. Tour: Middle American Research Institute and the Tulane University Special Collections, which include the Jazz Archives and the Southeast Architectural Archive. (New Orleans)

1998 Program: “Research 2001: Learned Societies Facilitating Information Awareness and Dissemination in Sociology and Anthropology.”

Updating a program offered in 1987, prominent association leaders offered their visions of the role of learned societies in meeting the information needs of their membership in a changing environment. Speakers were: Felice Levine (American Sociological Association); Rick Custer (American Anthropological Association); and Tobi A. Brimsek (Society for American Archaeology). Tour: Smithsonian Institution libraries, including the John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology and the National Anthropological Archives. (Washington DC)

1997 Program: “Cold War Ideologies and Information Age Technologies.”

An exploration of the interplays between Cold War Politics and culture, social science research, and scholarly communication, this program featured preeminent scholars, including Berkeley Professor of Anthropology, Laura Nader, speaking on her recent work, Anthropology and the Cold War: the Phantom Factor, Univ. of Calif. at San Diego visiting Professor Rebecca Lowen on the influence of the cold war on the growth of Stanford University, and UC-Berkeley University Librarian Peter Lyman on the interweaving of Cold War technologies into research librarians and its impacts on scholarly communication. Tour: California Academy of Sciences. (San Francisco)

1996 ANSS turns 25 – party and reception held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

1996 Web page (ANSSWeb) first published.

1996 Program: “Anthropological Documentation and Research in the New York Area: The Intersection of Archives, Libraries, and Museums.”

Speakers include Melvin Ember, Human Relations Area Files; Deidre Lawrence, Brooklyn Museum; Barbara Mathe, Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Valerie Wheat, American Museum of Natural History. (New York) Tour: American Museum of Natural History library. Publication: Ember, Melvin. (1997) Evolution of the Human Relations Area Files. Cross-Cultural Research 31(1): 3-15.

1995 Program: “Publishing the Social Text: Issues in Sociology and Anthropology Publication and Reviewing”

Speakers were Edward O. Laumann, University of Chicago; Penelope Kaiserlian, University of Chicago Press; Martha Peacock, Lynne Reinner Publishers; and David Henige, University of Wisconsin at Madison. (Chicago)

1994 Program: “Cultures of the Caribbean: Diversity and Transformation, Research and Resources”

Cosponsored by the ACRL Afro-American Studies Librarians Section. Speakers: Fred J. Hay, Tozzer Library, Harvard University; Thomas Boswell, Department of Geography, University of Miami; Richard Phillips, Latin American Collection, University of Florida Libraries; Marian Goslinga, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Florida International University Library. (Miami)

1993 Program: “Portraits of Louisiana: Empowering Communities Through Diversity.”

Speakers were Florence E. Borders, Southern University at New Orleans; Irvan J. Perez, St. Bernard Parish, LA; Ulysses S. Ricard, Jr., Amistad Research Center, New Orleans; and Marcia Gaudet, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana. (New Orleans)

1992 Program: “Medical Anthropology: Choices and Challenges.”

Speakers included Margaret Clark, Univ. of California, San Francisco; Daniel Richards, Dartmouth College; Barbara Koenig, Univ. of California, San Francisco; and Stephen Eyre, Univ. of California, San Francisco. (San Francisco)

1991 Program: “Folk Cultures of the Modern South: Documentation of Living Traditions.”

Speakers were Daniel and Beverly Patterson, Univ. of North Carolina; Elizabeth Rauh Bethel, Lander College; and Nancy Martin-Perdue and Charles Perdue, Univ. of Virginia. Tour: Georgia State University Special Collections. (Atlanta)

1990 Program: “Profiles of the City: Using Ethnic Collections and Archives for Social Science Research.”

Speakers were Kathryn DeGraff, DePaul; Janice McNeill, Chicago Historical Society; Robert Miller, Chicago P.L.; Robbin Katzin, Asher Library; Timothy Johnson, Swedish-American Historical Society; and Daniel Meyers, Univ. of Chicago. (Chicago)

1989 Program: “Access to Anthropological Field Notes: Preservation, Collection and Ethical Issues.”

Speakers were Anthony Seeger, Folkways Collection, Smithsonian; Mary Elizabeth Ruwell, Northwest Document Conservation Center; Kathleen Baxter, National Anthropological Archives; and Mark Handler, Stanford Law Library. Tour: International Linguistics Center. (Dallas)

1988 Program: “Strangers in New Worlds: Migration Studies in Europe and America.”

Speakers included Dino Cinel, Tulane Univ.; Mark Miller, Univ. of Delaware; Joel Wurl, Curator of Immigration History Research Center. Responses were presented by Carol Armbruster, Library of Congress; Helen MacLam, Assistant Editor of Choice and past president of the National Association of Ethnic Studies; and Suzanne Roberts, Yale Univ. Tour: Amistad Research Center and the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University. (New Orleans)

1987 Program: “The Future of Social Science Research and Libraries: Toward the Year 2000.”

Speakers included Bernard J. Siegel, Stanford Univ.; Neil J. Smelser, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Barton M. Clark, Univ. of Illinois; and Mark S. Sandler, Univ. of Michigan. Gregory Finnegan was moderator. (San Francisco) Tour: Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. (San Francisco)

1986 Program: “Images and Views: Retrieving Information from Photographs.”

Speakers included Fred Miller, Temple Univ.; Debora Willis-Ryan, Schomburg Center; and Richard Chalfen, Temple Univ. Jean Adelman was moderator. Tour: Museum of the American Indian. (New York)

1986 The section newsletter, ANSS Currents, is launched.

1985 Program: “Machine-Readable Data Files for Social Science.”

Speakers were Carolyn Geda, ICSPR; Larry Carbaugh, Data User Services Division of the Bureau of the Census; Bliss Siman, Baruch College; and Wittkopf, U. of Florida. Moderator was Greg Finnegan. Tour: Field Museum of Natural History. (Chicago)

Speakers were Carolyn Geda, ICSPR; Larry Carbaugh, Data User Services Division of the Bureau of the Census; Bliss Siman, Baruch College; and Wittkopf, U. of Florida. Moderator was Greg Finnegan. Tour: Field Museum of Natural History. (Chicago)

1984 Program: “Collection Management: Focus on the Social Sciences.”

Speakers were Jeffrey Gardner, ARL Office of Management Studies; and Beth Shapiro, Michigan State Univ. Tour: Dallas Fine Arts Museum. (Dallas)

1983 Program: “Access Tools for Information in Anthropology and Sociology: The Publishers Speak.”

Lynne Schmelz-Keil moderated; speakers were Miriam and Leo Chall, Sociological Abstracts; Judith Morris, Anthropological Index; Francis X. Grollig, Library Anthropology Resources Group; and Kenyon Rosenberg, National Technical Information Service. Sandra Kerbel, Chris Ferguson and Gregory Finnegan served on a panel reacting to the presentations. Tour: LaBrea Tar Pits. (Los Angeles)

1982 Program: “The Researcher and Resources: Strategies for Straightened Circumstances.”

Moderator was Jean Adelman. Speakers included Gregory Possehl, U. of Pennsylvania Museum; David Feingold, Institute for the Study of Human Issues; and John Dennis Hyde, U. of Pennsylvania Libraries. Tour: University of Pennsylvania Museum. (Philadelphia

1980 The Section is officially changed to the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) of ACRL.

1979 Program: “From Aztlan to Tierra del Fuego: The Benson Latin American Collection.”

Speaker was Laura Gutierrez-Witt, University of Texas, Austin. (Dallas)

1978 Sociology incorporated into the Section. Program: “A Grand Dame as Midwife: Newberry Library’s Center for the History of the American Indian;”

Speakers were Peggy Richmond, John Aubrey, Lawona Tront, and Jackie Peterson of the Newberry Library staff. Also speaking were Bart Clark, “Computerized Anthropology Bibliography” and David McDonald, “Masters Theses in Anthropology.” (Chicago)

1977 Program: “The Other Fieldwork: Bibliographic Instruction for Effective Library Research in Anthropology;”

Speakers were Anne Beaubien and Vern Carroll, Univ. of Michigan. (Detroit)

1976 Program: Sol Tax and Francis Grollig, representing the Library Anthropology Resources Group, discussed the work of this organization. Tour: Field Museum of Natural History. (Chicago)

1975 First Anthropology Section program given at the 94th Annual Conference of ALA in San Francisco.

1975 Program: “Anthropology and the Library”

Moderated by Elizabeth Krakauer; speakers were Alan Dundes, Philip Onstott, Murray Martin, Antonio Rodriquez-Buckingham, and Robert Pfeiffer. Tour: Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology, Univ. of California, Berkeley. (San Francisco)

1972 Full Section status granted – the Anthropology Section (ANS) to henceforth represent specialists in anthropology and related fields, and to act for ACRL, in cooperation with other professional groups, in those areas of library service that require knowledge of those fields.

1971 The Anthropology Subsection is designated within the Subject Specialists Section of ACRL. Jeanne Henderson became the first chair.