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Education and Behavioral Sciences Section | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Education and Behavioral Sciences Section

Historical Note:

The Education and Behavioral Science Section "represents librarians and specialists in the fields of education and behavioral science" (1). Its roots stretch back to the authorization of the formation of the Subject Specialists Section by the ACRL executive board on July 14, 1958 (2). The Education and Behavioral Science section was one of several sections which were created at that time. At the June 29, 1972 ACRL Board meeting the executive committee of the Subject Specialties Section recommended "That the ACRL Board assign sectional status to the seven present SSS subsections, thereby eliminating the present subject specialists section as such" (3).

The Education and Behavioral Science Section includes the following committees:

1) Bibliographic Instruction for Educators

2) Conference Program Planning

3) Curriculum Materials

4) Nominating

5) Problems of Access and Control; of Education

6) Psychology/Psychiatry

7) Publications

8) Standards for Education Library Services

9) Education related Government Publications (ad hoc) (4).


1. ALA Handbook, 1982/1983, p. 57.

2. College and Research Libraries, 19:5 (Sept. 1958), p. 409.

3. College and Research Library News 33:1, (October 1972), pp. 242-3.

4. ALA Handbook, 1988/89, p. 62-63.

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