The Multi-Award Winning Berg Fashion Library
Winner of the 2013 PCAACA Electronic Reference Award
The Berg Fashion Library was awarded the Electronic Reference Award at the Annual Awards Ceremony of the 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCAACA) National Conference held at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington D.C. on March 29, 2013.
Paul Booth at DePaul University, the Chair of the PCAACA Electronic Reference Award Committee, said:
"The committee chose the Berg Fashion Library as our Electronic Reference Award winner for 2013. Not only was the quality of research astoundingly well developed, but its use of web-specific dynamics, including images and links to secondary materials, provided a thorough and insightful investigation of the history of fashion. The breadth of material provided a strong sense of history and the focus on individual fashion elements helped personalize the experience. We appreciate the time, energy and work that was put into the Fashion Library!"
Winner of the 2011 Dartmouth Medal for Outstanding Reference
Announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA):
"Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion," along with the online "Berg Fashion Library," was selected for its extensive and outstanding multidisciplinary coverage of dress, fashion and its impact on society. The 10-volume encyclopedia is a landmark of scholarship that is complemented and updated by the database’s content, including e-books, color images, and articles.
The Dartmouth Award, established in 1974, honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance.
Winner of the ALA Outstanding Reference Source
The Encyclopedia and Berg Fashion Library were both selected as RUSA 2011 Outstanding Reference Sources. The Outstanding Reference Sources list of titles identifies the most important reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries published in a given year.
Winner of the Bookseller FutureBook Award for Best Website
From The Bookseller:
Berg Fashion Library was praised for being both well-executed and having a clear business strategy behind it. Kate Wilson, NosyCrow founder, commented: "A beautifully presented website that was distinctive from the other websites, which were marketing tools, by being an established business in itself". Jo Naylor, general manager, digital content sales at John Wiley, said Berg was "an incredibly ambitious project in terms of output and business model, with a highly successful and beautifully produced result".
Winner of the Independent Publishers Guild Frankfurt Book Fair Digital Award
From the IPG:
Berg Publishers has secured its second success in this category, having won its previous incarnation—the E-Publishing Award—in 2008. It triumphed this time for the successful launch of the Berg Fashion Library, which was hailed by the judges for its ambition and for better-than-forecast sales figures. “This is an amazing project that has been carefully developed and beautifully executed,” they said. “It will be used for a very long time in its market.”
The IPG also shortlisted Berg for the Ingram Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year Award: Berg earned a nomination following a year in which it grew sales and successfully launched its ambitious Fashion Library portal project. “Berg has had consistent commercial success and is moving forward to its next stage with its strategy firmly in mind,” said the judges.
Highly Commended ALPSP Certificate for Publishing Innovation 2011
From the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers:
"This ambitious project involved creating a complex fashion taxonomy and employing intuitive navigation and strong visual design to meet the needs of the fashion and artistic community."
ALPSP Award for PUBLISHING INNOVATION - in recognition of a truly innovative approach to any aspect of publication. Applications were judged on their originality and innovative qualities, together with their utility, benefit to their community and long term prospects.
Shortlisted for Digital Entrepreneur Award
The Berg Fashion Library was shortlistfed for the DEA's Education Entrepreneur of the Year 2010