School and public librarians recognize excellence in University Press books

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/21/2011


Jennifer Habley

CHICAGO – The 21st edition of "University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries" is now available online at The university press bibliography is the product of a longstanding and successful collaboration between the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

School and public librarians have selected, reviewed and rated more than 350 books published by members of the AAUP. Featuring subjects as diverse as Ancient Egypt, contemporary Islam, culinary history, social media, civil rights and conservation, published in formats from e-book to glossy photographs, the bibliography provides librarians with valuable scholarship to match any interest.

To launch the new edition of the bibliography, a special program, "The Best of the Best from University Presses: Books You Should Know About," will be held at this year's American Library Association 2011 Annual Conference on June 26 in New Orleans. The session will take place 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at the Morial Convention Center, room 333. C-Span's Book TV will be present to record the program.

At the session, five librarians from the AASL and PLA selection committees will present 16 of their favorite titles from the bibliography to encourage use of the bibliography in collection planning. This year's panelists are Hilary Albert, Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac, N.Y.; Jo Ann Carr, University of Wisconsin-Madison MERIT Library, Madison, Wis.; Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, Ill.; Teri Maggio, Assumption Parish Library, Napoleonville, La.; and Judi Repman, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

The Public Library Association,, is a division of the American Library Association.  PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

The Association of American University Presses,, is an organization of more than 130 non-profit scholarly publishers, dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Learn more at