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Robert Maxwell Wins ABC-CLIO Award for the Best Book in Library Literature

The American Library Association (A.L.A.) congratulated Robert L. Maxwell on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 as winner of the 2014 ABC-CLIO Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Resource Description and Access, published by the A.L.A. This award recognizes books that assist library professionals or information specialists in areas of management, technique and education.

Robert Maxwell holds an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in classical languages and literatures from the University of Toronto. Additionally, Dr. Maxwell holds J.D. from Brigham Young University. He has also been a voting member of the A.L.C.T.S. Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access, the body responsible for developing official A.L.A. positions on additions to and revisions of R.D.A.

Currently, he is a Senior Librarian and Special Collections and Ancient Languages Cataloger in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University and has also taught cataloging at Brigham Young and at the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. Additionally, Dr. Maxwell has chaired the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (A.C.R.L.).

Maxwell’s Handbook provides an in-depth guide to, and analysis of, the use of Resource Description and Access (R.D.A.), the newly developed and adopted international cataloging rules. The book was selected as the award winner for its uniquely thorough, exhaustive approach not only as a manual, but as a detailed explanatory guide.

The work captures the nature of the philosophical shift behind R.D.A. as a forward-looking vehicle reflecting a new age of cataloging. His book has been described as a “landmark work,” particularly considering the shifting and challenging nature of the development of R.D.A. Maxwell’s integration of prose, examples of multiple types and extreme attention to detail makes his book invaluable for library students and professionals as a resource that crystallizes the many aspects of R.D.A.

Members of the 2014 ABC-CLIO Award jury include William Schultz, Jr., Chair, Eastern Illinois University; Renaine Julian, Florida Virtual Campus; Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Brigham Young University, Utah; Michele Cloonan, Simmons College, Mass.; June Deweese, University of Missouri.

The 2014 ABC-CLIO Award will be presented in June at the A.L.A. Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June. The ABC-CLIO Award for the Best Book in Library Literature was previously known as the ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for Best Book in Library Literature.

ABC-CLIO publishes reference works, academic and general interest books, digital resources, and professional development publications and programs for librarians and educators. After ABC-CLIO acquired the Greenwood Publishing Group, ABC-CLIO/Greenwood became an ABC-CLIO imprint, “providing,” according to ABC-CLIO, “students, teachers, and scholars in history, humanities and language arts disciplines an award-winning lineup of databases, print reference and resource books, and eBooks.”

Other imprints include ABC-CLIO Solutions, Praeger, and Libraries Unlimited/Linworth Publishing. ABC-CLIO Solutions is the imprint for publications on American history and the U.S. Government, world history, geography, and popular culture.

Praeger is the imprint for scholarly and professional books on the social sciences and humanities, including modern history, military studies, military history, regional security, terrorism, foreign policy, psychology, business, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, visual and performing arts, and literature. Libraries Unlimited/Linworth Publishing publishes professional development materials for librarians, media specialists, and teachers.

It produces webinars and other professional learning events. The Libraries Unlimited imprint also includes the professional practice books of Linworth Publishing and its popular magazine LMC (Library Media Connection).

During the 2009 A.L.A. Midwinter Conference, ABC-CLIO’s Pop Culture Universe database, received the prestigious Dartmouth Medal as the most outstanding and significant reference work of 2008. The company’s eight history databases have received more than fifty awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award and the CODiE Award from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Software & Information Industry Association, respectively.

Note that I have contributed a chapter, encyclopedia entries, and an essay to an ABC-CLIO textbook, reference works, and a history database, but I have drawn this information about ABC-CLIO from the A.L.A.

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