ABC-CLIO, LLC is a publishing company for academic reference works and
periodicals primarily on topics such as history and social sciences
for educational and public library settings.
ABC-CLIO provides service
to fifteen different online databases which contain over one million
online textbooks. The company consults academic leaders in the
fields they cover in order to provide authority for their reference
titles. The headquarters are located in Santa Barbara, California.
2.1 Imprints and series
2.1.2 Libraries Unlimited
4 External links
ABC-CLIO was founded in 1953 as a privately held corporation by Eric
Boehm with its first publication, Historical Abstracts. The name
represents the company's two original divisions when it incorporated
in 1969: ABC stands for American Bibliographical Center and CLIO Press
is named after Clio, the muse of history from ancient Greek mythology.
According to Boehm, he had always been interested in history so when
he noticed that there were not many good historical abstracting
services available, he started publishing the Historical Abstracts.
During the 1960s, a sister bibliographic and abstract publication on
American history was added, America: History and Life, which was
considered an award-winning title. The company entered into digital
publishing with electronic data in the 1960s and in 1975, it published
its first online database called DIALOG. During the 1980s, ABC-CLIO
expanded into providing primary reference books such as encyclopedias
and dictionaries and stopped publishing bibliographic books. In the
ABC-CLIO began to provide access to its humanities database on
CD-ROM. The Exegy Current Events CD-ROM was named "Best Disc of the
Year" by Library Journal. In 1998,
ABC-CLIO provided electronic
access to America: History and Life. By the 2000s, one of the
company's most popular products had become online databases for
researching many topics in the field of the humanities. In 2001,
ABC-CLIO began to publish eBooks, initially providing 150 different
titles to schools and libraries. The company's reference books had
won numerous awards, and the company started a series of
subject-related online databases for secondary school use. In 2004,
the company acquired the quarterly historical journal, Journal of the
West, which has been published since 1962.
ABC-CLIO merged with an electronic publishing company,
Intellimation, which also produced educational software. The merger
brought Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO's current president, from
Intellimation. It sold
Historical Abstracts and America: History
and Life to
EBSCO Publishing in 2007.
Linworth Publishing, Inc.: In 2009-03-18, Libraries Unlimited
announced the acquisition of Linworth Publishing, with partnership
becoming effective immediately.
Journal of the West
Imprints and series
Main article: Greenwood Press
ABC-CLIO acquired the Greenwood Publishing Group from
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The deal gave
ABC-CLIO a "perpetual
license" to use the imprints of
Greenwood Press and publish all of its
titles. Acquiring the publishing group gave
ABC-CLIO access to
Greenwood Press, Praeger Publishers, Praeger Security International
and Libraries Unlimited. Greenwood focuses on publishing full-text
reference works which are authoritative on various topics.
Libraries Unlimited came to
ABC-CLIO as part of a deal with Greenwood
Press. In 2012, Kathyrn Suárez was named Publisher for this division
which focuses on publishing for librarians and information
ABC-CLIO databases are provided under the umbrella of ABC-CLIO
Solutions. There are fifteen different databases providing access to
different subject areas.
ABC-CLIO Solutions provides digital
curriculum with multimedia content, text-to-speech features,
translation tools which covers various topics relating to history and
the humanities. After
ABC-CLIO acquired Greenwood Press's
databases, they revamped the look and feel of their interface in order
to provide common access through the
ABC-CLIO interface. ABC-CLIO
also provided the ability to search across multiple databases through
one search, also providing options for narrowing the search after
revamping their interface. The new interface is considered
user-friendly and provides access to personalized features. Much
of the praise for the direction and expansion of digital services has
gone to President of ABC-CLIO, Becky Snyder, who has been with the
company since 1996.
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Praeger is known for publishing "scholarly and professional books" in
the subject areas of social science and the humanities.
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