Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers
2016 Edition, Volume 36
by Juneal M. Chenoweth, Associate Editor
August 2016, 399pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4702-8
$95, £74, 83€, A131

No small to medium-sized library or media center should be without a current copy of this award-winning resource.

An essential resource for collection development specialists in small and medium-sized libraries, this guide identifies the highest quality, most affordable, and most appropriate new reference materials in any field.

Culling the top reviews from the latest edition of American Reference Books Annual (ARBA), all of the titles in Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers are well reviewed and have price points that will appeal to libraries with tight budgets. This invaluable guidebook gives collection development librarians working in small to medium-sized libraries the best information for choosing new titles for their libraries from the thousands of new reference products (both print and online) that became available in 2015.

As with previous editions, readers are assured fair and accurate assessments because all of the reviews are written by experts in the library field and present both positive and negative aspects of the product. Each critical review is coded to clearly indicate which type of library the publication is appropriate for—C for college, P for public, and/or S for school.


  • Comprises the top 550 reviews—all written by subject experts working in the library profession—selected from ARBA, a comprehensive and well-respected reviewing source for reference materials
  • Retains any critical comments made by the reviewer about a recommended title to aid readers in their selection process
  • Recommends titles not only on the basis of their positive reviews but also their affordability
Juneal M. Chenoweth, an editor with America: History and Life for more than ten years, has worked as the editor of ARBA since fall 2015. Working with a five-member advisory board, she is also editor of Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers and ARBAonline.
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