ABC-CLIO Wins SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Reference Solution

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World Religions Database earns prestigious industry recognition.

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"This prestigious award highlights our commitment to providing our patrons, teachers, and students with the best possible resources to teach and learn complex and important subjects like world religions."

ABC-CLIO, an award-winning publisher of print and electronic library resources, today announced that the World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy database won an SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Reference Solution.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced ABC-CLIO's win at the Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco, Calif. An SIIA CODiE Award win is an especially prestigious honor as each award winner was first reviewed by a field of software industry executives, whose evaluations determined 119 finalists. SIIA members then reviewed these finalists and voted to select 28 CODiE Awards Winners.

The World Religions database is the newest addition to ABC-CLIO's suite of online solutions. The ABC-CLIO online solutions suite comprises 14 curriculum-aligned databases covering subjects ranging from American history to world geography. Each database integrates three essential components: a comprehensive and topic-specific reference library; a standards-based online textbook; and a deep collection of model commentary that exposes students to a variety of authoritative perspectives, helping them develop critical thinking skills and write informed essays.

"It is an honor to be recognized by our peers for this outstanding achievement in education software," noted Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President. "This prestigious award highlights our commitment to providing our patrons, teachers, and students with the best possible resources to teach and learn complex and important subjects like world religions."

“This year’s winners reflect excellence and vision,” noted SIIA Vice President for the Software Division, Rhianna Collier. “I’m proud to congratulate them on the success of their applications, platforms, and products.”

This announcement marks the second award win for the World Religions database this year. Just last month, World Religions was honored with a Best Education Software Award (BESSIE). In addition, the entire suite of ABC-CLIO Solutions databases was named a finalist in the 2012 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Awards, winners to be announced in June. These awards further solidify ABC-CLIO's role in providing exceptional educational products for the 21st century.

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About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Software Division provides a forum for companies developing the applications, services, infrastructure, and tools that are driving the software and services industry forward. For further information, visit

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose—to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.

Founded in 1955, ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference titles, academic and general interest books, digital resources, and books for librarians and other professionals. The company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., publishes under four well-respected imprints. ABC-CLIO Solutions are online resources that offer authoritative, continually up-to-date coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects. Created specifically for students in middle and high school, higher education, and public library settings, ABC-CLIO's suite of 27 online solutions provides comprehensive, authoritative reference content, gives students a deeper understanding of coursework, and offers critical thinking explorations of over 500 scholarly dilemmas that challenge student to think critically and reach their own conclusions. ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press are recognized as industry-leading providers of the highest-quality reference materials. These imprints offer authoritative scholarship and innovative coverage of history and humanities topics, covering American and world history and government, military history, popular culture, multiculturalism and diversity, religion and mythology, contemporary issues, health and wellness, and business and psychology. Praeger is widely regarded for scholarly, professional, and general interest books and eBooks in the social sciences and humanities, with emphasis on contemporary thought in business and economics, psychology, health and wellness, current events and social issues, modern history, military studies, and politics. Libraries Unlimited/Linworth has long been the source of exceptional textbooks and professional development materials for librarians and media specialists. For more information, visit

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