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Book co-edited by Daina Ramey Berry named to ALA's 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List

Tue, March 5, 2013
Book co-edited by Daina Ramey Berry named to ALA's 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List
Prof. Daina Ramey Berry

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of American Library Association has named Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2012), co-edited by Profs. Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford, to the 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List.

Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia "provides an authoritative account of the daily lives of enslaved women in the United States, from colonial times to emancipation following the Civil War. Through essays, photos, and primary source documents, the female experience is explored, and women are depicted as central, rather than marginal, figures in history."

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications 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 collection.

"I am so pleased to receive this award from the Reference and Users Services Association" said Prof. Berry. "This project took six years to complete and I was fortunate to work with more than 75 scholars from universities in the US, Canada, England, and New Zealand.  It was an honor to publish essays from scholars at every rank and from a variety of institutions. Being recognized as a Outstanding Reference Source is a compliment to all of those who contributed to this encyclopedia."

The RUSA 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.

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