Thursday, May 30, 2013
Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers
Hysell, Shannon Graff, ed. Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers. 2013 ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2013. 011.02 Recom 2013 ed. ISBN 978-1610693684
Featuring 550 titles chosen from the 2013 edition of the larger American Reference Books Annual, this volume caters to smaller libraries that must ensure every dollar of their often-limited budget is wisely invested. To help them do that, the editor has selected only titles that are highly reviewed, have a low price point, and will appeal to a broad audience.
The book presents high-quality, critical reviews of 2012 reference products, both print and online, suitable for small college libraries, medium-sized and small public libraries, and school libraries. Chapters are arranged in four major subdivisions: General Reference, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Science and Technology. Within each, reviews are further divided by form: bibliography, biography, handbooks and yearbooks, and so on. Each review is written by a librarian working in the field and can be trusted to be accurate and fair. Each indicates the type of library or libraries for which the work is appropriate.