2015 Outstanding Reference Sources List: Reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries

For Immediate Release
Sun, 02/01/2015


Leighann Wood

Membership and Awards Program Specialist

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

American Library Association


CHICAGO  The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2014 have been named to the 2015 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications published the previous year for small- and medium-sized public and academic libraries. The selected titles are valuable reference resources and are highly recommended for inclusion in any library’s reference collections.

The 2015 winners are:

American Indians at Risk, Jeffrey Ian Ross, editor. Greenwood

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century, by Monique W. Morris. The New Press.

Bumblebees of North America, by Paul Williams, Robin Thorp, Leif Richardson & Shelia Colla. Princeton University Press.

Consumer Healthcare, Brigham Narins, editor. Gale Cengage Learning.

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Barbara Cassin, editor. Translation edited by Emily Apter, Jaques Lezra, and Michael Wood. Princeton University Press

The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jay S. Albanese, editor. Wiley Blackwell.

The Encyclopedia of Deception.  Timothy R. Levine, editor. Sage Publishing.

The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Salvatore Attardo, editor. Sage Publishing.

The Encyclopedia of the Wars of The Early American Republic, 1783-1812. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO.

Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. Coeli Fitzpatrick and Adam Hani Walker, editors. ABC-CLIO.

The Outstanding Reference Sources selection committee consists of Curtis Ferree, Fairfield University, chair; Shelley Arlen, University of Florida; Julie Elliot,  Indiana University-South Bend;  Annie Fuller, St. Louis County Library; Adam Jackman, Pierce County Library; Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University; Kathi Woodward, The Library Center; Jessica McCullough, Connecticut College; Stephanie Alexander, California State University, East Bay.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), 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 about the association at www.ala.org/rusa.