STS Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences

About the STS Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences The Oberly Award was established in 1923 in memory of Eunice Rockwood Oberly, librarian of the Bureau of Plant Industry, United States Department of Agriculture from 1908 to 1921. She was the Bureau of Plant Industry's representative to the Congressional Joint Commission on Reclassification of Government Employees and was instrumental in gaining a fairer recognition of library activities. This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

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2019 Winner(s)

Douglas Karlen and Lorrie Pellack

for their article “Iowa Crop Variety Yield Testing: A History and Annotated Bibliography"

“This publication exemplifies the spirit of the award,” said award co-chairs Sara Scheib of the University of Iowa and Zoe Pettway Unno of the University of Southern California. “The comprehensive article provides historical context and the exhaustive accompanying annotated bibliography identifies and makes discoverable critical primary source literature in the field of agriculture.”

“Due to the rich and extensive history of crop variety yield testing in Iowa, there are sources that cannot be found by searching Google or even specialized research databases,” continued Scheib and Unno. “These resources were acknowledged and included when possible. The annotated bibliography provides details on the scope of coverage of each source that are extremely useful to researchers. Finally, the open access publication of the article in a top international agriculture journal ensures it will reach the target audience and continue to be a valuable resource for years to come.”