H. W. Wilson Company
|Parent company||EBSCO Publishing|
|Founder||Halsey William Wilson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||The Bronx, New York|
|Publication types||Books, databases|
The H. W. Wilson Company, Inc. was founded in 1898 and is based in The Bronx, New York. It provides print and digital content aimed at patrons of public school, college, and professional libraries in both the United States and internationally. The company also provides indexing services that include text, retrospective, abstracting and indexing, as well other types of databases. Image gallery indexing includes art museum and cinema. The company also indexed reference monographs. An online retrieval system with various features, including language translation, is also available. The company merged with EBSCO Publishing in June 2011.
The H. W. Wilson Company was founded in 1889 by Halsey William Wilson, a student working his way through the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Together with his roommate, Henry S. Morris, Wilson started a book selling business serving educators and students at the university. When it was time for Morris to graduate, he sold his share of the business to Wilson. The H. W. Wilson Company's first original reference title was the Cumulative Book Index, first published in 1898. This was followed by the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature in 1901.
In 1911, Wilson relocated the company to White Plains, New York, to be nearer to its main markets. By 1917, demand for more specialized indexes had grown to the point where the company had to move again. Wilson bought a five-story building in The Bronx on the banks of the Harlem River. The building's distinctive lighthouse was added in 1929. On June 2, 2011, H. W. Wilson Company merged with EBSCO Publishing. Staff at the Dublin office of the company went to the Labour Court in Ireland and protested at EBSCO's failure to abide by its recommendations.
The company also published some print references, such asFacts About the Presidents, Famous First Facts, and the monthly magazine Current Biography.
John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award 
The John Cotton Dana Award, sponsored by H.W. Wilson, honors outstanding library public relations, whether a summer reading program, a year-long centennial celebration, fundraising for a new college library, an awareness campaign, or an innovative partnership in the community. Award winners receive a cash development grant of $5,000 from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The awards are presented at a reception hosted by H.W. Wilson Company, held during the American Library Association's annual conference.
Database descriptions 
Applied Science & Technology Abstracts 
This database provides abstracts and indexing for applied science literature. Coverage includes English-language scientific and technical publications and is intended to be comprehensive. Topical coverage includes acoustics, environmental and earth sciences, engineering (chemical, civil, environmental, electrical, industrial, etc.), geological sciences (including space science), food industry (and sciences), plastics, textile industry (including fabrics), transportation, and waste management.
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