RUSA’s best in reference selections for 2010 presented at Midwinter Meeting

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For Immediate Release,
January 17, 2010

BOSTON—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its list of Outstanding Reference Sources for 2010.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The list is compiled by a committee of RUSA members who are readers’ advisory and reference experts. They review publications and online reference resources released in the previous calendar year and present their selections at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Reception at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The 2010 selections for the Outstanding Reference Sources List are:

  • Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press), Francis P. McManamon
  • Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to the Present (Oxford University Press), Paul Finkelman
  • Encyclopedia of Modern China (Charles Scribner's Sons), David Pong
  • The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (ABC-CLIO), Spencer Tucker
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (Gale Cengage), J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman
  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Oxford), David Forsythe
  • Social Explorer, an online reference resource located at
  • Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential Facts (McFarland & Company Publishers), Thomas S. Hischak
  • American Countercultures (Sharp), Gina Misiroglu
  • Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (Sage), Jodi O’Brien
  • Encyclopedia of Marine Science (Facts on File), Nichols C. Reid and Robert G. Williams

The winner was selected by the Outstanding Reference Sources Award Committee, whose members include Cynthia Crosser, Anne-Marie Davis, Denise Goetting, Patricia L. Gregory, Danise Hoover, Deborah Fay Katz, Peggy A. Keeran, Jacalyn Kremer and Patrick J. Wall.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more at