Two Gale Titles Named Outstanding Reference Sources – American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association Honors New Gale Titles

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Feb. 20, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announces that two of its titles were named Outstanding Reference Sources for 2008 by the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). 

Available in digital, eBook and print format, the winning titles are:

The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets – This title examines in two volumes special diets such as a Gluten-free or high-protein diet and popular weight-loss programs such as the Atkins Diet, dietary concerns, nutritional basics and the effects of dietary choices on one’s health. The Encyclopedia presents an overview of all topics in a standardized, balanced format. Not intended to be an endorsement of any one diet or lifestyle, the topics presented will be organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice.

Climate Change in Context – This title is a comprehensive guide to the increasingly important topic of climate change, including global warming. Cross-curricular in nature, the title supports both basic and advanced curricula in earth and environmental science, general science, history, government and the social sciences. Aimed primarily at high school students, this two-volume, four-color title offers coverage of the history, politics and ethical debates related to climate change, including the impact of climate change on daily life, trade and commerce, travel and the future of both industrialized and impoverished nations. It brings together original essays written by leading experts in the field, primary source documents and sidebars on the cultural, economic, and political issues surrounding climate change.

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

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, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

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