The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2011 have been named to the 2012 Outstanding Reference Sources list, an annual award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).
Sponsored by RUSAâ€™s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources award, established in 1958, recommends and celebrates the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries.
The winners this year were selected by the Outstanding Reference Sources committee, whose members include Patrick Wall, chairperson, University City Public Library, University City, MO; Patricia Gregory, incoming chairperson, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO; Elinor Appel, North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA; Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO; Chaunacey Dunklee, Fullerton Public Library, Fullerton, CA; Curtis Ferree, Fairfield University Library, Fairfield, CT; Emily Keller, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and Stephen Marvin, West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
The 2012 winners are:
The Encyclopedia of Political Science, George T Kurian editor-in-chief, published by CQ Press, 9781933116440
The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia, edited by Spencer Tucker, published by ABC-CLIO, 9781598843385
Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words, edited by Michael Hickey, published by Greenwood, 9780313385230
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible edited by Michael D. Coogan, published by Oxford University Press, 9780195377378
Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites by Donald B. Kraybill, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 9780801896576
The Polish American Encyclopedia edited by James S. Pula, published by McFarland & Company, Inc., 9780786433087
Green’s Dictionary of Slang by Jonathan Green, published by Oxford University Press, 9780550104403
Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, edited by Lyle J. Micheli, published by Sage Publications, 9781412961158
The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, Michael Ryan, general editor, published by Wiley-Blackwell, 9781405183123
The Homer Encyclopedia, edited by Margalit Finkelberg, published by Wiley-Blackwell, 9781405177689
The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan D. Marter, published by Oxford University Press, 9780195335798