On Friday, April 27, DLPS Department Head Brian Coutts presented his annual “Best Reference Books” workshop to the University Libraries’ faculty and staff. From the hundreds of new print reference titles published annually, Brian selects the top thirty for a feature article in the April 15th issue of Library Journal. As co-author or author, Brian has been making these annual selections for the past two decades. Among the features he looks for are: original contribution to knowledge, quality of writing/editing/printing/illustrations, relevance, and uniqueness.
Topping this year’s list was the Encyclopedia Judaica, second edition and the Historical Statistics of the United States, millennial edition.
A competing list is selected by a committee of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of American Library Association (ALA) and published in the May 1st issue of American Libraries.