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AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION HAILS REFERENCE BOOK
FEATURING WRITINGS BY MTSU SCHOLARS AS “EXCELLENT”
“Highly Recommended,” Reviewer Writes of Encyclopedia of the First Amendment
(MURFREESBORO) – The January 1 issue of Booklist, the American Library Association’s major library media review publication, has selected a reference work co-edited by two MTSU professors as a 2008 Editors’ Choice/Reference pick. In a starred review in Booklist, Janice Lewis praises the Encyclopedia of the First Amendment as “an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about broadcast regulation, the establishment of religion clause, students’ rights, or a myriad of other topics involving the First Amendment and its political, cultural and legal significance … highly recommended for academic, public and law libraries.” The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, published by CQ Press, was co-edited by Dr. John R. Vile, Dean of the University Honors College; David Hudson, adjunct political science professor and scholar at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University; and Dr. David Schultz, professor in the School of Business at Hamline University and a senior fellow in the Institute of Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota Law School. Nineteen members of the MTSU community contributed essays to the Encyclopedia, including eight faculty from the Department of Political Science, five faculty from the College of Mass Communication, and Tennessean Publisher Emeritus John Seigenthaler, for whom an endowed chair of excellence at the College of Mass Communication is named. “Booklist has a big influence on library collection development, and it helps us make the case to purchase, especially to the public libraries,” says Doug Goldenberg-Hart, acquisitions editor for the Reference Information Group at CQ Press.