An Introduction to the
European Union Studies Association

By Valerie Staats

WESS Newsletter
Fall 2003

Vol. 27, no. 1

Editor: Sarah G. Wenzel

Association of College & Research Libraries
©American Library Association

The European Union Studies Association (EUSA) is the major scholarly and professional association focusing on the European Union, the ongoing integration process, and transatlantic relations. Founded in 1988 (and formerly called the European Community Studies Association), EUSA now has over 1600 members throughout North America, all EU member states, and on all continents, representing the social sciences, the humanities, business and law practitioners, news media, and governments on both sides of the Atlantic. Many EU Depository librarians attend our biennial conferences and are either themselves individual EUSA members, or their libraries are library members of EUSA. EUSA also co-sponsors the new on-line Archive of European Integration, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Library System and managed by ALA/WESS member Phil Wilkin.

EUSA offers several things of interest to librarians:

(1) a quarterly newsletter with 4-6 reviews of new books and a regular column listing "New EU-Related books and Monographs" in each issue;
(2) seven special interest sections with access to experts and resources in specialized areas of the field such as EU law, economics, public opinion and participation, EU pedagogy, and others; and
(3) our international conference, in odd-numbered years, where EU scholars, publishers of EU-related books, librarians, and government practitioners from the U.S. and the EU gather (next conference, March 31-April 2, 2005, Austin, Texas). EUSA also publishes, with Oxford University Press, the State of the European Union book series, a must for library acquisition. Volume 6, Law, Politics, and Society, has just been released by Oxford (September 2003). EUSA also sponsors the U.S.-EU Relations Project, with its monographs published by Brookings Institution Press. Friendly Fire: The Near-Death of the Transatlantic Alliance, by Elizabeth Pond, will be released by Brookings for EUSA in December 2003.

In these and other ways EUSA both supports and helps develop the field of European integration studies, worldwide, and is considered the best source of information about the field for scholars and practitioners. EUSA is unusual among scholarly associations in that its focus is on real-time, real-world events that continue to change and develop (as in the impending enlargement of the European Union from 15 to 25 countries). For more information please visit

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