ABC-CLIO Award for Best Book in Library Literature

About the ABC-CLIO Award for Best Book in Library Literature To recognize those who improve management principles and practice, understanding and application of new techniques, or further the education of librarians or other information specialists.

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2014 Winner(s)

Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21

written by Robert L. Maxwell, published by ALA Editions

"Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA" provides an in-depth guide to, and analysis of, the use of RDA: Resource Description and Access, the newly developed and adopted international cataloging rules. The work captures the nature of the philosophical shift behind RDA as a forward looking vehicle reflecting a new age of cataloging. His book has been described as a “landmark work,” particularly considering the shifting and challenging nature of the development of RDA. Maxwell’s integration of prose, examples of multiple types and extreme attention to detail makes his book invaluable for library students and professionals as a resource that crystallizes the many aspects of RDA.