Best Reference Titles of 2017

It’s been a robust year for reference, as reflected by our roundup of 2017’s best titles.

Ian Haydn Smith on Compiling a Compendium of Must-See Movies

The film journalist and critic describes the challenges, and rewards, of taking on Barron’s popular 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Sarah Janssen Offers Insights into The World Almanac

Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to “fake news” is especially vital.

Reference as Resistance | Reference 2018

Libraries have always engaged in activism, but today the fight is more relevant than ever, with publishers offering relevant titles and librarians stepping up to vet fake news.

Not So Trivial Pursuit | Reference 2018

Trivia programs are fun ways to entice patrons to the library—and a great opportunity to provide a public face for reference librarianship.

Media Literacy E-Resources | Reference 2018

These free resources make combating fake news and identifying misinformation easier than ever.

Mendelsohn’s Odyssey, Ward/Burns on Vietnam, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2017

Blum, Ben. Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime. Doubleday. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780385538435. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538442. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR Why would an upright young man, determined to become a U.S. Army Ranger, join with two fellow soldiers and two strangers the day before his deployment to Iraq […]

Reptiles and Amphibians, Muscle Cars, and Veteran Statistics | Reference Short Takes, March 1, 2016

A fun, fascinating fairy-tale theater featuring toads, snakes, and more; an immersive tour of Earth’s history; an essential update of an amphibian-related resource; high-octane fodder for car enthusiasts; a colorful guide to the ­“carpenters” within the world of birds; a volume that will be a valuable one-stop resource for U.S. veterans

Survival Skills, Music Conservation, Parrots of the Wild, & More | Reference Short Takes, November 1, 2015

Emerson offers a solid (if scary) addition to the survival guide collections, an uplifting compendium for larger New Age collections, important knowledge from an expert on early musical instruments, a rich study of “the most human of birds”

Sharks, Baseball, Sweet Treats, and Speeches | Reference Reviews, June 15, 2015

A Pocket Guide to Sharks is ideal for scholars, professionals, and enthusiasts; Leventhal succeeds in relating an expansive account of baseball; readers will delight in this reference that serves any kitchen, chef, patisserie, or person with a sweet tooth