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The Great Reference Idea Contest
Salem invites recommendations for new reference material.

Hackensack, New Jersey - December 2, 2010 - Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing (www.salempress.com), the award-winning publisher of health, literary, historical and scientific reference materials, today announced the "Great Reference Idea Contest." Salem invites librarians to suggest ideas for new and unusual reference, on any subject. Those whose ideas are used to create new reference (not already planned) will receive that new reference material free. Since Salem products deliver free online access to the full content of printed reference, winners will receive both print and online content.

Peter W. Tobey, Director of Sales & Marketing at Salem, observed, "Librarians talk daily to people with real and pressing reference questions. So they hear about their needs and wants. We'd like to know about that…We'd really, really like to know." So, Salem is asking librarians for ideas. Salem would like them to suggest titles and/or subject areas for new reference. Tobey adds, "Everything is on the table. Every idea is welcome, covering any subject. Use your imagination. Suggest the reference your patrons and students need but can't find. Really good (new) ideas will get published."

Librarians should email ptobey@salempress.com with their ideas. Librarians may submit as many ideas as they'd like. Submitters are urged to be as descriptive as possible about an idea's subject area, scope and intended users.

The first three librarians whose suggestions on any specific subject become new Salem reference will receive that reference set free. That's it, very simple: Be among the first three with an idea and Salem will give you the reference when (and if) Salem publishes it. Note: decisions regarding originality, timing and any other qualification to win will be determined by Salem Press.

Salem is also planning a roll call of those who submit good ideas on its website and those librarians whose submissions get published will be duly recognized in the Publisher's Note in the final reference.

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Since 1949, Salem Press (a division of EBSCO Publishing) has been the publisher of reference works on literature, history, health and biography, the social sciences and the sciences suitable for adult and young adult readers spanning all educational venues. Reference materials are both printed and electronic. The company distributes its work to college, school and public libraries.

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