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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2006

Dartmouth Medal recipient chosen

(San Antonio) “Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film,” edited by Ian Aitken and published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2006, is the recipient of the 2006 Dartmouth Medal. The medal, donated by Dartmouth College and presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is given for creating current reference works of outstanding quality and significance.

“This three-volume set is the first reference work to provide comprehensive coverage of the entire genre of the documentary film from the first short ‘actuality' films of the 1890s to recent works such as ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,'” ” stated said Michael Levine-Clark, committee chair. “With entries on individual films, directors and producers, film theorists, film festivals, countries and regions, styles, techniques, themes, and issues, ‘Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film' provides a thorough, and much-needed, overview of the genre.”

In years when there are multiple outstanding reference works, the Dartmouth Committee can give honorable mention to other worthy titles. This year, “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States ” is such a title. Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, and published by Oxford University Press, this excellent work traces the history, culture, and achievements of the country's largest minority population.

Additional information about the award will be available on the RUSA Web site at www.ala.org/rusa. The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 22-28.

“Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film,” edited by Ian Aitken and published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2006, is the recipient of the 2006 Dartmouth Medal.