BREAKING NEWS: 2014 Outstanding Reference Sources winners announced!

The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2013 have been named to the 2014 Outstanding References Sources list.  Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries.

The 2014 winners are:

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document collection.  Spencer C Tucker, Editor; ABC-CLIO publisher

The Literature of Propaganda, Thomas Riggs, editor.  St. James Press/Gale Cengage publishers

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Jacqueline Edmondson, Editor. Greenwood, publisher.

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency: A Historical Reference. Nancy Beck Young, editor. Facts on File, publisher

A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora, editors. Princeton University Press, publisher

Frogs of the United States and Canada, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. author. Johns Hopkins University Press, publisher.

Encyclopedia of the Mind, Harold Pashler, editor. Sage Reference, publisher.

Almanac of American Military History. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO, publisher.

The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Case, editors. University of Illinois Press, publisher.

And though the title did not meet the criteria for our award, the committee wanted to publicly acknowledge Proquest for continuing publication of the Statistical Abstracts of the United States, an invaluable source to all libraries.

The winners were selected by the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee, whose members include Curtis Ferree, Chair, Fairfield University, Shelley Arlen, University of Florida, Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Central Methodist University, Julie Eliot, Indiana University South Bend, Annie Fuller, University City Public Library, University City, MO, Adam Jackman, Pierce County Library, Washington, Jessica McCullough, Connecticut College, Daniel Pennell, University of Pittsburgh, Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University, MN, Kathi Woodward, The Library Center, MO


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