This is always one of my favorite events at the ALAMW conference, the RUSA awards. Of particular interest to me as a reference librarian is the Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year. While the winners this year were truly deserving, I found myself sentimental over the lifetime achievement award for the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. Here is more from the press release:
DALLAS – The 2012 Dartmouth Medal – an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year – has been awarded to “Green’s Dictionary of Slang,” published by Chambers. Continue reading
As you prepare your ALA Annual schedule, please consider the following two programs sponsored by the RUSA Reference Publishing Advisory Committee and the Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board.
RUSA Reference Publishing Advisory Committee Program:
Reference Publishing: Preservation Trends & Issues – June 25 Sat 1:30-3:30
As electronic reference products transform to electronic formats, often with continuously updated content instead of one time publications, new challenges for archiving and preservation arise. Building on recent developments for archiving electronic books and journal content, this program will highlight the issues and challenges of preserving free and licensed e-reference content as well as foster discussion on possible solutions.
- Heather Ruland Staines, Sr. Manager eOperations at Springer Science + Business Media
- Ken DiFiore, Associate Director, Outreach & Participation Services,Portico
- Marie McCaffrey, Executive Director, HistoryLink.org
- Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library
Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board Program:
The Wikipedia Effect: How Wikipedia Has Changed the Way the World Finds and Evaluates Information – Monday June 27 10:30-12 Convention Center 345
All are invited to attend this discussion forum sponsored by RUSA’s Reference Publishing Advisory Committee at the ALA MidWinter Conference in San Diego, January 9th. Hope to see you there!
Discovery and Access of electronic reference works–discussion forum
RUSA’s Reference Publishing Advisory Committee will be hosting a discussion forum on e-reference discovery. Open to all midwinter attendees, we will provide an opportunity to share ideas, concerns, and solutions for discovering and accessing electronic reference works. A variety of resources will be considered, including online catalogs, electronic resource management tools, databases, search engines, and other tools used by students and reference librarians.
Reference Publishing Discussion Forum (RUSA CODES)
Sun Jan 9, 2010
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
San Diego Convention Center Room 05 B
This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com.
Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing. This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality. The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage. The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board. Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed. I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading
RUSA (Reference & User Services Division of ALA) sponsored a panel discussion of the product development of electronic reference products. It was organized by RUSA, with Joseph Yue of the University of California at the lead and moderated by Kay Cassell from Rutgers SLIS. The panel included Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, Kevin Ohe from ABC-CLIO, and Mike Hermann from Greenwood.
Panelists discussed a variety of topics including: how product topics are selected and the role of librarians in that selection, technology expenses, time needed for product development, how items are priced, and the use of online products. The comments of all 4 panelists are summarized below, by topic. Continue reading
From a Credo Reference press release:
Hundreds of encyclopedias added to Credo’s award-winning reference platform this year. Enhanced platform provides even more value for researchers
Boston and Oxford, (September 16, 2009) – It’s been a year since Credo Reference, the award winning online reference library, released its new platform, raising the standard for how online reference services should work for libraries. Since then, Credo has substantially expanded the academic content available on the platform, all at no additional cost for Credo Unlimited customers. Continue reading