Reference Short Takes | June 1, 2013

Ffrench, Richard. A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago. Comstock. 3d ed. 2012. 407p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780801473647. pap. $39.95. REF

In 1973, ffrench, pursuing his avocation of ornithology, produced what is considered to be the “bible” for this region, featuring nearly all families of South American birds found on these islands. Carol James, who provides the foreword here, serves on the board of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, an organization that ffrench, who died in 2010 at the age of 80, was instrumental in founding. This third edition includes entries on 477 species, with 35 new species added since the 1991 second edition, and 40 all-new color plates, developed under the direction of acclaimed bird artist John P. O’Neill. VERDICT A critical—and commemorative—update of this definitive birder’s guide.

Harris, John & Vicky White. A Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care. Oxford Univ. (Paperback Reference). 2013. 560p. ISBN 9780199543052. pap. $22.95. REF

While designed for UK audiences, this new title in Oxford’s dictionary series, covering 1,500 terms, theories, methods, policies, organizations, and legislation, will be a suitable resource for U.S. professional and lay readers looking for international perspective. “Addiction,” “confidentiality,” and “older people” are just a few examples of the intriguing multidisciplinary topics covered in this work. Print and online further-reading resources are included at the end of some of the entries. Still, this reference serves as a secondary resource to the National Association of Social Work’s The Social Work Dictionary. VERDICT A new compendium from a reputable source for larger social work/policy collections.

Warshaw, Shirley Anne. CQ Press Guide to the White House Staff. SAGE. 2013. 488p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781604266047. $160. REF

In this new companion to Guide to the Presidency and the Executive Branch ( LJ 11/15/12), Warshaw (political science, Gettysburg Coll.) and author of The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney (LJ 5/1/09), tracks the fascinating rise and role of the White House staff. She divides her narrative into two parts: the formative years, during which Congress initially refused funding, and the modern era, marked by the creation of the Executive Office of the President in 1939. Biographical entries on post-1939 staffers as well as illuminating photographs, charts, tables, and an overall index are provided. VERDICT An important new primer on an increasingly influential element of U.S. public policy and administration.—Judy Quinn, formerly with Library Journal