University Press Books Recognized by Librarians

“Best of the Best of the University Presses” Showcased at 2010 ALA

Broadcast on BookTV,  June 27, 2010, 1:30-3:30 PM

NEW YORK (June 24, 2010)—The twentieth edition of University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries is now available in print and online at: http://www.aaupnet.org/librarybooks

On June 27 at 1:30 PM, the librarian selectors will have a chance to present their favorite titles from the 2010 selections at a session of the American Library Association meeting in Washington, DC. The event, “The Best of the Best of the University Presses: Books You Should Know About,” will be broadcast live by C-SPAN’s BookTV.

Many books and reference works from scholarly publishers are valued far beyond the walls of any ivory tower. They can be the building blocks of learning and growing for high-school students, general readers, independent researchers, and involved citizens. The librarians of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) recognize this, and for 20 years have worked with AAUP to create this popular and trusted collection development resource for their colleagues. University Press Books presents short descriptions of each selected title, key bibliographic data, and ratings from AASL and PLA librarians.

In 2010, 18 librarians who work daily with high school students and the general public have selected, reviewed, and rated close to 400 books published in the last year by nonprofit scholarly publishers. Covering such diverse subjects as mothering, birds and mammals, Supreme Court decisions, ice cream, the cosmos, and a history of the US outpost at Guantánamo, these books present lively scholarship to match any interest.

At the June 27 ALA panel, 6 librarians from the AASL and PLA selection committees will present 20 of their favorite titles from the bibliography. By providing a public forum, this annual session increases awareness and use of the bibliography in collection planning. A complete list of the titles to be presented can be found at online. Publishers will contribute copies of the books to be raffled off to the librarians in attendance.

The presenting librarians come from across the country: Hilary Albert, Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac, NY; Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA; Jo Ann Carr, University of Wisconsin–Madison MERIT Library, Madison, WI; Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Beton Public Library, Zion, IL; Teri Maggio, Assumption Parish Library, Napoleonville, LA; and Judith Repman, Georgia Southern University, Department of Leadership, Statesboro, GA.

ABOUT AAUP

Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its more than 130 member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing. To learn more about the association and its members, go to http://aaupnet.org.

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