Social Science Libraries Section

Division: Library Types

Welcome! Our section of IFLA focuses on supporting and engaging in social science research—research on people, society, and cultures.

Who are we?

The Social Science Libraries Section brings together librarians who lead social science libraries as well as those who work through other academic and government libraries to serve scholars working on the big issues of our time—how people behave, work in groups, and affect the world around us.

Our librarians work with social science disciplines such as anthropology, communications, demography, data librarianship, economics, global studies, gender and women’s studies, geography and cartography, history and philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, religious studies, and social work.

We work in Latin America, Russia, Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America.

Our section also provides training for librarians who wish to develop their skill in using social science research methods like library ethnography, assessment, strategic planning, text and data mining, and statistical analysis.

Finally, we sponsor IFLA’s Religions: Libraries and Dialogue (RELINDIAL) special interest group, which promotes interfaith dialogue through libraries.

Why join SSLS?

Join other SSL librarians to:

  • Learn about best practices in social science librarianship.

  • Use social science research methods to improve your library’s impact.

  • Connect with librarians supporting social research around the globe. 

This Section is sponsoring: Religions: Libraries and Dialogue Special Interest Group.

Social Science Libraries, Sections

Last update: 25 May 2021

Latest News

Call for Papers on International Research in LIS – Submit to Our Satellite Meeting!

[cancelled] This is a call for paper submissions to our satellite meeting in Dublin on 13-14 August 2020, preceding this year’s IFLA WLIC in Dublin, Ireland. Please consider sharing your international research project, commentary on international research, or case for a research clinic by 7 March 2020.

29 January 2020

Call for papers for an IFLA WLIC 2020 session on Open Science, due Feb. 29

[cancelled] We invite you to submit a proposal to our IFLA 2020 session on Open Science, co-hosted by the Social Sciences Section and the Science & Technology Section.

24 January 2020

A free Workshop on Text Mining and the HathiTrust Research Center at the IFLA in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Are you attending the IFLA 2018 World Library and Information Congress? JOIN US ON: August 23, 2018, for a day-long text mining workshop for librarians hosted by the IFLA Social Science Libraries Satellite Meeting.

12 June 2018