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Title:
Reference encyclopedia of the American Indian
Author:
Klein, Barry T., editor.
Edition:
Ninth edition.
Publication Information:
Nyack, N.Y. : Todd Publications, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
ii, 708 pages ; 28 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Source listings -- Canadian section -- Bibliography -- Biographies.
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ISBN:
9780915344895

9780915344901
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

Latest edition of a standard title providing directory-style information, bibliographies, and current biographies for the U.S. and Canada.


Library Journal Review

Klein's editions of the Reference Encyclopedia have been the major source for listings of information on American Indian and Alaska Native groups for more than a decade. The first section of the book contains the source listings, presenting names, addresses, and often leaders of the tribal organizations (both federal and other) across the United States. The resource provides similar information for Canada. The second section is the bibliography, which contains citations for 4500 in-print titles. Separate lists by subject follow, and there is also a listing of publishers of Indian titles. There are, however, no indexes of any kind, though the ``Who's Who'' that comprises the last section of the book has been improved greatly. Information included in this section is provided by each biographee and varies in length and currency. A list of the approximately 2500 biographees follows. While editions are now biennial, there are plans to publish annually starting in 1993. The Native American Information Directory is the first publication seriously to rival the source listings in Klein's reference. Sections include American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Aboriginal Canadians, and general resources on Native Americans. Each entry is numbered, and the editor provides additional access through a name and keyword index. Each section is subdivided into categories such as tribal communities (federally recognized groups only), national organizations, and so forth. Entries in each category are generally arranged by state and then either by city or title. A user's guide details scope, arrangement, sources of information, and index plan. While the Directory does not include an extensive bibliography, each published entry includes sample titles. The Directory has an excellent index, but does not include biographical information. Biennial editions are planned. Surprisingly, these two reference titles do not always list the same organizations and programs in similar categories. Tribal entries tend to be similar, though the exclusion of nonfederally recognized groups is a serious omission in the directory. While Klein's encyclopedia entries in other areas have been gleaned from years of compilation, the Directory has extracted information from a variety of existing reference publications, as well as some original research. Putting this information in one place is certainly a contribution, though the compilers need to dig further to include organizations neglected by major reference sources. Because of the disparity of the information included in these publications, libraries with serious collections on Native Americans will want both. Libraries that can buy only one reference book will find Klein's encyclopedia both less expensive (in paperback) and a little easier to use. We are indeed fortunate to have such a good choice.-- Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This work is misnamed: it is a directory rather than an encyclopedia. First come state-by-state directories of "sources" by type, including reservations and tribal councils; state and regional government agencies; associations and organizations; schools and education offices; Indian colleges and relevant course offerings; grants and financial aid programs; Indian Health Service hospitals, medical and health centers; museums, monuments, and parks; libraries and research centers; audiovisual aids; periodicals; arts and crafts shops; and Native American events. Second is a list of Canadian reserves and bands. Third is a bibliography of 4,500 in-print books, by title and subject. Fourth are 2,500 brief biographies of prominent Native Americans. Additions and changes from the eighth edition (1998) are neither flagged nor indicated in the introduction, itself little changed, nor are changes readily found in scanning the work (708 pages of text, down from 713). The need for a new edition is not apparent. The book is convenient, however, for small collections needing a single source for a variety of topics. The first three sections listing reservations and tribal councils, government agencies, and associations and organizations are particularly useful. Much of Klein's information is available in similar compilations, e.g., Gale's Native Americans Information Directory (CH, Mar'93). For larger collections, Klein should be supplemented by more thorough, focused works, like Financial Aid for Native Americans (CH, Jan'98). J. Drueke; University of Nebraska--Lincoln


Booklist Review

Latest edition of a standard title providing directory-style information, bibliographies, and current biographies for the U.S. and Canada.


Library Journal Review

Klein's editions of the Reference Encyclopedia have been the major source for listings of information on American Indian and Alaska Native groups for more than a decade. The first section of the book contains the source listings, presenting names, addresses, and often leaders of the tribal organizations (both federal and other) across the United States. The resource provides similar information for Canada. The second section is the bibliography, which contains citations for 4500 in-print titles. Separate lists by subject follow, and there is also a listing of publishers of Indian titles. There are, however, no indexes of any kind, though the ``Who's Who'' that comprises the last section of the book has been improved greatly. Information included in this section is provided by each biographee and varies in length and currency. A list of the approximately 2500 biographees follows. While editions are now biennial, there are plans to publish annually starting in 1993. The Native American Information Directory is the first publication seriously to rival the source listings in Klein's reference. Sections include American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Aboriginal Canadians, and general resources on Native Americans. Each entry is numbered, and the editor provides additional access through a name and keyword index. Each section is subdivided into categories such as tribal communities (federally recognized groups only), national organizations, and so forth. Entries in each category are generally arranged by state and then either by city or title. A user's guide details scope, arrangement, sources of information, and index plan. While the Directory does not include an extensive bibliography, each published entry includes sample titles. The Directory has an excellent index, but does not include biographical information. Biennial editions are planned. Surprisingly, these two reference titles do not always list the same organizations and programs in similar categories. Tribal entries tend to be similar, though the exclusion of nonfederally recognized groups is a serious omission in the directory. While Klein's encyclopedia entries in other areas have been gleaned from years of compilation, the Directory has extracted information from a variety of existing reference publications, as well as some original research. Putting this information in one place is certainly a contribution, though the compilers need to dig further to include organizations neglected by major reference sources. Because of the disparity of the information included in these publications, libraries with serious collections on Native Americans will want both. Libraries that can buy only one reference book will find Klein's encyclopedia both less expensive (in paperback) and a little easier to use. We are indeed fortunate to have such a good choice.-- Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This work is misnamed: it is a directory rather than an encyclopedia. First come state-by-state directories of "sources" by type, including reservations and tribal councils; state and regional government agencies; associations and organizations; schools and education offices; Indian colleges and relevant course offerings; grants and financial aid programs; Indian Health Service hospitals, medical and health centers; museums, monuments, and parks; libraries and research centers; audiovisual aids; periodicals; arts and crafts shops; and Native American events. Second is a list of Canadian reserves and bands. Third is a bibliography of 4,500 in-print books, by title and subject. Fourth are 2,500 brief biographies of prominent Native Americans. Additions and changes from the eighth edition (1998) are neither flagged nor indicated in the introduction, itself little changed, nor are changes readily found in scanning the work (708 pages of text, down from 713). The need for a new edition is not apparent. The book is convenient, however, for small collections needing a single source for a variety of topics. The first three sections listing reservations and tribal councils, government agencies, and associations and organizations are particularly useful. Much of Klein's information is available in similar compilations, e.g., Gale's Native Americans Information Directory (CH, Mar'93). For larger collections, Klein should be supplemented by more thorough, focused works, like Financial Aid for Native Americans (CH, Jan'98). J. Drueke; University of Nebraska--Lincoln


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