Three Gale Titles Named Outstanding Reference Sources

American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association Honor New Gale Titles

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is proud to announce that three of its titles were named Outstanding Reference Sources for 2008 by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

The winning titles are:

Encyclopaedia Judaica – Last year’s Dartmouth Medal winner is lauded as the standard work on Judaism. The second edition of this world-renowned Encyclopaedia, which was released in 2007, incorporates information on more than three decades of changes and the latest scholarship, expanding the scope and relevance of the original work.

The Encyclopaedia, which was first published in the early 1970s, is completely updated for today’s students and researchers, including many features that make its 22 volumes of scholarship extremely accessible, including:

  • A fully-searchable Internet version for libraries, synagogues and other institutions
  • More than 21,000 scholarly articles on history, biography, literature and culture, augmented with hundreds of maps, charts and tables
  • 168 pages of full-color photographs and other images, detailing the many aspects of Jewish life and culture

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism – This title is the first such work examining the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic and scientific theories of race and racism in the modern era. The set delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences. Some of the nearly 400 articles address broad theoretical topics that have helped to shape modern ideas about race and racism; others address more specific subjects in the larger fields. The set includes biographies of dozens of significant theorists, as well as political and social leaders and notorious racists. The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism also includes a carefully chosen selection of primary documents that enhance and reinforce the content of the articles.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film – This reference provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history. Approximately 200 entries cover specific topics, including acting, censorship, editing, lighting and others. Also included are more than 230 career profiles, placing individual achievements in the context of specific topics. Additional features include a comprehensive index; a list of further reading sources; 350 black-and-white and 150 full color photographs; and more.

“It certainly is an honor to be recognized among the best reference publications in the industry,” said Frank Menchaca, Executive Vice President, Publishing at Gale. “RUSA’s Outstanding Reference Sources list has a long history as the authority in top reference works and we are very excited to have three of our titles included in this year’s listing.”

The Outstanding Reference Sources list was established in 1958 to recommend the best reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries. Since this time, Gale has received more than 50 RUSA awards The Reference Sources Committee evaluates print reference sources and publishes annually an annotated list of these outstanding reference works in the May issue of American Libraries. The list is also included in Reference & Users Services Quarterly and via the Web site:

For more information on these titles, please contact Lindsay Brown at [email protected].

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About RUSA

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