The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2018 have been named to the 2019 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.
The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications published the previous year for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries. The selected titles are valuable reference resources and are highly recommended for inclusion in any library’s reference collections.
The winners are:
“1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List.” James Mustich. Workman Publishing Co.
“American Revolution: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection.” Spencer C. Tucker (ed). ABC-CLIO.
“Americans at War: Eyewitness Accounts from the American Revolution to the 21st Century.” James R. Arnold (ed). ABC-CLIO.
“Black Power Encyclopedia: From ‘Black is Beautiful’ to Urban Uprisings.” Akinyele Umoja, Karin L. Stanford, and Jasmin A. Young (ed). Greenwood.
“The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films.” Salvador Jimenez Murguia and Alex Pinar (eds). Rowman & Littlefield.
“The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films.” Salvador Jimenez Murguia (ed). Rowman & Littlefield.
“The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society.” Sebastian Maisel (ed). ABC-CLIO.
“The Mythology Book.” DK.
“Plants of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Vascular Plants.” Maarten J.M. Christenhusz, Michael F. Fay and Mark W. Chase. Kew Publishing and The University of Chicago Press.
The Outstanding Reference Sources selection committee consists of Kara Krekeler, University City Public Library, (Chair); Nateisha Allen, Pierce College; Shelley Arlen, University of Florida; Cindy Craig, University of Florida; Curt Friehs, SUNY Old Westbury; Lisa Johnston, Eckerd College; Alanna Sablotny, Chatham Area Public Library; and Paul Weaver, Owens Community College.
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more at www.rusaupdate.org.