The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is headquartered in New York, New York. Over 130 non-profit (mostly university) presses belong to the AAUP.
The AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps member presses fulfil their common commitments to scholarship, academia, and society. In 2012, the AAUP celebrated the 75th anniversary of its foundation in 1937.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, the AAUP announced in Chicago the publication of the twenty-third edition of University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, available online at www.aaupnet.org/librarybooks. To launch the newest edition of the bibliography, a special program, “The Best of the Best from University Presses: Books You Should Know About,” was held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference held at McCormick Place on the South Side of Chicago. The event was broadcast on C-Span’s BookTV.
In last weeks’ edition of the Illinois State Library (ISL) e-newsletter, ISL Chief Deputy Director Lawren Tucker congratulated Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, historian and Manuscripts Librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, for writing one of the honored books. Her recently published book, Lincoln and Medicine, was one of thirteen titles selected for a “Best of the Best” award by the ALA’s University Press Books Committee.
The AAUP bibliography is the product of a successful collaboration between the AAUP and two divisions of the ALA: the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of the Reference and User Services Association (CODES/RUSA). Librarians from school libraries and public libraries have selected, reviewed, and rated 377 books published by members of the AAUP for the 2013 bibliography.
According to the AAUP, “The bibliography provides librarians with valuable scholarship to match interests as diverse as guides to birds, mammals, and dinosaurs; Native American, folk, and Renaissance art; poetry and classic fiction; and more.” At the event on June 30th, five librarians from the selection committees presented thirteen of their favorite titles from the bibliography to encourage its use in collection planning.
This year’s panelists were Hilary Albert of the Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac, New York; Nann Blaine Hilyard of the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, Illinois; Gay Ann Loesch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina; Terri Maggio of the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville, Louisiana; and Merlyn Miller of the Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont. The thirteen 2013 Best of the Best books are Canadian Folk Art to 1950 by John A. Fleming and Michael J. Rowan, published by the University of Alberta Press; Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love by Fran Hawthorne, published by Beacon Press; Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds edited by Billy Collins, published by Columbia University Press; Owls by Marianne Taylor, published by Cornell University Press; Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350 edited by Christine Sciacca, published by Getty Publications; The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and edited by Susan J. Wolfson and Ronald Levao Harvard University Press; The Complete Dinosaur, Second Edition by M. K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., and James O. Farlow, published by Indiana University Press; Warriors of the Plains: The Arts of Plains Indian Warfare by Max Carocci, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press; the aforementioned Lincoln and Medicine by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein, published by Southern Illinois University Press; Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis by Dan Winters, published by the University of Texas Press; Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall by Krista Schlyer, published by Texas A&M University Press; A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry (1860-1960) edited by Gabriel M. Goldstein and Elizabeth E. Greenberg, published by Texas Tech University Press; and The Natural History of Canadian Mammals by Donna Naughton, published by the University of Toronto Press.
The AAUP states, “University presses represent an often-undiscovered gold mine of resources for school and public libraries. 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. For over twenty years, a volunteer panel of Public Library Association and AASL librarians have annually reviewed and selected over 400 titles published by AAUP member presses to build this valued collection development resource. The bibliography is released in both print and online editions, distributed freely to 12,000+ librarians. Book entries include key bibliographic data, a thumbnail description, and a CODES/RUSA (public librarian reviewer) and/or AASL rating.”
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