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by Shannon Graff Hysell

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Another edition of a well vetted and meaning book. Hysell carefully lists over 500 reviews of books that meet ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) criteria and are reviewed by professionals from Canada and the US. Potentially the most valuable acquisition tool for many libraries, there is an understanding in this book that budgets are limited and acquisition of materials needs to be carefully considered. Therefore this book only recommends books with positive reviews that are affordable and broadly appealing. Critical comments by the reviewers of the book will help in making relevant selection for your library. Recommended.
  BettyM | Sep 10, 2015 |
Well done if this is still a needed item. With the onslaught of digital technology, there is more and more information available electronically, While this set of titles and reviews will assist in evaluating and selecting information regarding a database, caution must be called for when looking at much of it from a developmentally appropriate perspective. This tome provides good guidance if needed, but is potentially outdated the moment it is published. The categories are well laid out. One might wish for more indices; perhaps one that shows the contributors' contribution, and one would wish that the indices in print would be totally accurate. Perhaps a library district with funds to purchase this tome will share its value with others. Recommended.
  BettyM | May 14, 2013 |
As with the other volumes of this publication, it is well presented and provides excellent guidance to librarians, if for nothing else than to understand the enormous cost of many of these books. However, it also is a map to use when considering what to collect, what to subscribe to, and what to not. Highly recommended.
  BettyM | Sep 6, 2012 |
Each year, a number of major bibliographies are published for use by teacher librarians and public librarians to build their collections in topical areas. The format, annotations, selection criteria and organization of the lists remain constant and provide users with excellent lists. These often end up in automated collection lists attached to OPAC systems. They are, of course outdated at the moment of publication, but are treasured as authoritative sources of the best. In tight budget years, more and more attention must be given to every dollar expended. The choice is always whether to buy an expensive published list or use the money to buy actual titles. These expensive lists are often best purchased and then shared.
  davidloertscher | Nov 14, 2011 |
Here it comes again. In this latest edition the question about the printed reference book as a viable, living entity for users remains. But even with all the digital resources available, there continues to be many reference titles published every year who continue to be used. Once again, Libraries Unlimited has compiled an extensive review and listing of this information. Each year, the editor selects from the larger tool, a selection of titles that are more appropriate for smaller public libraries and larger school library collections. This volume is that list and can be used to fill in areas where needed. It isn't cheap and will date quickly. Consider a district purchase of this tool that can be used by many in the school district for its value but do it quickly as that value diminishes due to the rapid turnover of these publications. The tool is valuable as each book is reviewed by a library professional for its value and quality. Bottom line: Recommended if book reference titles are still of value to your situation.
  BettyM | May 16, 2011 |
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"This nationally acclaimed work provides reviews of reference books, CD-ROMs, and Internet sites published in the United States and Canada within a single year, along with English-language titles from other countries"--p. xi.

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