BALTIMORE- The winner of the 2024 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is Hymenoptera: The Natural History & Diversity of Wasps, Bees & Ants written by Stephen A. Marshall, and published by Firefly Books.
Hymenoptera is the newest in a series of books from preeminent entomologist Stephen A. Marshall. Hymenoptera is an order of insects that includes ants, bees, sawflies, and wasps, comprising over 160,000 known species and one of the largest orders of species on Earth. Hymenoptera joins Marshall’s other celebrated works on insects, representing an enormous contribution to scholarship on the subject. This work is as accessible as it is comprehensive and its written content is as rich as its stunning collection of photographs. This book is perfect for existing students of the subject and its addition to libraries will undoubtedly awaken the budding entomologist within us all.
Honorable Mentions were:
The Oxford Guide to Australian Languages (Oxford University Press) is a milestone work that joins many existing threads of linguistic scholarship together in a wide-ranging overview of Australia’s 550+ Indigenous languages. This title will be an asset not just to scholarship, but to support efforts of Australian linguistic preservation and expansion.
Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore: Creation Myths (Salem Press) is a well-organized, engaging survey of global answers to humanity’s oldest question: where did we come from?
This work is bound to fascinate and inspire writers, researchers, and browsers of all ages.
Notable Writers of LGBTQ+ Literature (Salem Press) showcases the essential contributions LGBTQ+ authors and their creations have made to literature since the dawn of literature itself. Filled with rich biographical information and thought-provoking analyses, students as well as educators or materials selectors will find important insight into the diverse array of figures who continue to re-shape our understanding of the human experience and expression.
The Dartmouth Medal, established in 1974, honors the creation of a reference source of outstanding quality and significance. The award is given to the best new reference source published in the previous year.
The Dartmouth committee, made up of reference subject experts from academic, public, and sometimes school and other libraries, receives nominations from librarians, editors, and publishers and spends countless hours reviewing copies throughout the latter half of the year.
The Dartmouth Medal selection committee is: Barry Trott, Library of Virginia, chair; Donald Altschiller, Boston University; Brian E. Coutts, Western Kentucky University; Dona J. Helmer, Anchorage School District (ret.); Lauren Seegmiller, Denver Public Library, and Kaite Mediatore Stover, Kansas City Public Library. 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.