Social Sciences and History Discussion Group

Purpose and Origins

To provide a discussion and information-sharing forum for librarians with interests in European history and the social sciences.

Established in 1997, this discussion group has an annually-elected chair and secretary/chair-elect. The first meeting of the SSH group was at the mid-winter meeting of ALA in New Orleans on January 11, 1998. WESS members in attendance were: Frances Ott Allen (Univ. of Cincinnati), Gordon Anderson (Univ. of Kansas), Nancy Boerner (Indiana Univ.), Sam Dunlap, (Univ. of California, San Diego), Heleni Pedersoli (Univ. of Maryland), Susanne Roberts (Yale Univ.), and Deborah Wassertzug (Univ. Michigan).

Current Leadership

  • TBD

See ACRL website for previous years’ discussion group membership.

Agendas and Minutes

Electronic Discussion Group

The Social Sciences and History electronic discussion list, WESS-SSH, is maintained by Heidi Madden. It provides news and discussion for librarians who work with social sciences and history materials and patrons.

To be included, email heidi.madden at, stating your name and preferred e-mail address. Post messages to

Past Leadership

  • 2019-2020 Co-Chairs: Amy Danielle Dye-Reeves and Alain J. St. Pierre, Jr.
  • 2018-2019 Co-Chairs: Celestina Savonius-Wroth and Alain J. St. Pierre, Jr.
  • 2017-2018 Co-Chairs: Celestina Savonius-Wroth and Alain J. St. Pierre, Jr.
  • 2016-2017 Chair: Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara (Mississippi State University / University of Colorado)
  • 2015-2016 Co-Chair: Jonathan Marner (Texas A&M University)
  • 2015-2016 Co-Chair: Chella Vaidyanathan (Johns Hopkins University)
  • 2013-2015 Chair: Jonathan Marner (Texas A&M University)
  • 2012-2013 Chair: Marcus J. Richter (Alma College)
  • 2010-2012 Chair: Chella Vaidyanathan (Johns Hopkins University)
  • 2009-2010 Chair: Kate Brooks (University of Minnesota)
  • 2008-2009 Chair: Thea Lindquist (University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • 2006-2008 Chair: Gordon Anderson (University of Minnesota)
  • 2005-2006 Chair: Louis Reith (Georgetown University)
  • 2004-2005 Chair: David Duncan (Wichita State University)
  • 2003-2004 Chair: David Lincove (Ohio State University)
  • 2002-2003 Chair: Rebecca Malek-Wiley (Tulane University)
  • 2001-2002 Chair: David Duncan (Wichita State University)
  • 2000-2001 Chair: Ceres Birkhead (University of Utah)
  • 1999-2000 Chair: Ann Snoeyenbos (New York University)
  • 1997-1998 Chair: Sam Dunlap (UC-San Diego)