Dartmouth Medal and honorable mention recipients chosen

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For Immediate Release

March 2002

Dartmouth Medal and honorable mention recipients chosen

"The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt," a three-volume reference set (Oxford University Press, 2001) is the 2002 recipient of the Dartmouth Medal. The medal, donated by Dartmouth College and presented by the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is given for creating current reference works of outstanding quality and significance.

"Since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by Napoleon's troops, ancient Egypt has captivated the imagination of the modern world," said Sharmon H. Kenyon, award committee chair. "'The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt' is the definitive, authoritative work on the civilization of the Nile Valley from Predynastic times (5500 BCE) to the Arab conquest (642 CE)."

Kenyon also announced that the "New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians" (Grove's Dictionaries, 2001) is the winner of the Dartmouth Honorable Mention.

"The rewriting of the 1980 edition of 'New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians' was a monumental task resulting in an encyclopedia 50 percent larger than its predecessor," stated Kenyon. "This exhaustive and scholarly work is the place to turn to for information about music in all its forms, including international music, classical music and modern music."

The medal and honorable mention certificate will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 17, 2002, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.