Choice and The Charleston Company announce collaboration on new online review resource for academic databases

Choice and The Charleston Company have announced plans to collaborate on a new reference product, an online review source for academic databases and digital resources, with the working name of CC Advisor. CC Advisor will be published on the database platform recently launched at Choice.

The goal is to unveil a working prototype at the Charleston Conference in November and to launch in time for the ACRL 2017 conference to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore.

Important facts:

  • Editorial efforts will be spearheaded by The Charleston Advisor team.
  • The new product will offer enhanced and updated reviews from The Charleston Advisor archive.
  • New and revised reviews will be added monthly and commissioned especially for the work.
  • Design plans for CC Advisor include a user-friendly interface, extensive search and retrieval functionality, and improved navigation.
  • Updating will be continuous.
  • An enhanced “competitive analysis” section and an “on the fly” database comparison option will make CC Advisor unique.

Chas_Co_logo“Choice and The Charleston Advisor have long been known for their thoughtful peer reviews,” said Choice editor and publisher Mark Cummings. “Teaming up on this new database was a natural progression for us both. CC Advisor will bring a powerful, trustworthy new voice to the evaluation of academic databases.”

CC Advisor will be what all of us collection developers have been waiting for,” said Katina Strauch, chair of the Board of The Charleston Advisor and assistant dean for technical services at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library. “I can’t wait for the launch.”

“What a wonderful way to mark our 18th year of publication for The Charleston Advisor. We are very pleased to be working with Choice to bring our reviews to the new CC Advisor platform, which will allow us to keep them up-to-date and accessible to a wider audience of library professionals,” said Rebecca Lenzini, president of The Charleston Company.

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About Choice

Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association. Founded in 1964, Choice has for over 50 years been the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education.  Please visit Choice at www.choice360.org for more information.

About The Charleston Company

Founded in 1999, The Charleston Company is the publisher of The Charleston Report, a bi-monthly newsletter summarizing major trends of interest to collection managers, publishers and intermediaries, and The Charleston Advisor, a quarterly journal providing peer-reviewed reviews of online databases, tools and applications offered to libraries worldwide. The company also sponsors the Fiesole Retreat Series, an international meeting examining issues and progress in the field of scholarly communication.

Member of the Week: Caitlin Bagley

Caitlin BagleyCaitlin Bagley is Instruction Librarian at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Caitlin has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 25, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, competitive, compassionate.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I read the entirety of Kevin Kwan’s fun Crazy Rich Asians on a recent cross country plane trip, and Karina Longworth’s podcast, You Must Remember This, is quickly becoming a must listen to. I am looking forward to tucking into Sonia Purnell’s Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, and when I’m out running I can frequently be found listening to Florence + The Machine’s album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaging, informative, fun!

4. What do you value about ACRL? Participating in Immersion absolutely changed how I thought of ACRL. It was truly transformative and I took so much away from that experience. To this day I continue to work with members of my cohort. Likewise, the ACRL conference is one of my favorites to attend. Great programming, insightful keynotes, and a tremendous takeaway value.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an instruction librarian, I get to meet at some point with nearly every student who attends the university. I love that! I work closely with students throughout their education and I love watching how they change from semester to semester. We talk about everything from keyword strategy to understanding the motives and hidden questions behind works and issues.  I also like working with my partners across the campus community, such as Academic Advising and the Faculty Senate, to help make the small invisible decisions that make this university such a great place for our students.

6. In your own words: I feel so lucky to do engaging work in academia that lets me work with students, staff, and faculty, and in particular, it’s an exciting time to be a librarian. The old stereotypes are finally being put away as librarianship embraces new ways to provide access to information. At the core of our work, I think every librarian wants to give their patrons all they can. We’re not just ebooks, 3D printers, and discovery layers. Libraries are also outreaching further into their communities than before, and finding greater ways to make ourselves available to people at their point of need. Librarians are some of the friendliest and happiest people I know, why wouldn’t I want to work with them?


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

Member of the Week: James L. Adams

James L. AdamsJames L. Adams is the Data and Visualization Librarian at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. James has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 18, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Affable, reflective, user-focused.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m reading The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver. I’m also listening to several podcasts: What’s the Point, Data Stories, Hardcore History, and The Infinite Monkey Cage, among others.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Fantastic professional community.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As an early career librarian, ACRL has helped me find a community of people that I feel truly connected to as a professional. Because of our common experience serving scholarly communities, my interactions with other ACRL members help me to improve my own work. One of my most memorable experiences since joining the profession was the week I spent at ACRL Immersion, which I feel vastly improved my abilities as an instructor and connected me with other librarians that I’ll continue to work with throughout my career. I like hearing about how my peers at other institutions approach some of the same challenges I face, and ACRL gives me the chance to make those connections.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As a data and visualization librarian, one of my main goals is to empower members of my academic community by promoting data literacy and providing instruction on tools that can be used in quantitative research. A lot of my work relies on technology, and some of the tools I work with or methods I use may seem intimidating for those who don’t consider themselves to be tech-savvy or who think that they don’t have the skills to write code. My goal as an instructor and collaborator is to convince people otherwise and to make the things I do approachable for everyone. As a librarian, I feel that my expertise in data visualization or any other area is best utilized by making concepts accessible to others. I could create visualizations and help researchers explore their data all day, but I would much rather give them the power to do so themselves.

6. In your own words: I believe that the job of an academic librarian is fundamentally the same as any other librarian or information professional. We work in a community-focused profession, and on some level we all share the goal of providing our users with the information they need. I personally enjoy working in an academic library because I think that the information needs of academic communities are among the most interesting and in-depth. This gives us a chance to be constant learners; many of the people we get to work with are experts in their fields, and helping an expert find an answer is a great way to learn something new. On a broader level, I have a firmly held belief that education is inherently good. As librarians, we are dedicated to furthering education, and that gives me a deep sense of pride in our profession. Even doing something as small as helping an undergrad find a worthwhile source for their latest assignment, I can be happy knowing that I’ve done some good for the day.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

July/August ACRL e-Learning Events

ACRL is offering a variety of online learning events this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget.

Interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available.

Modern Pathfinders: Easy Techniques to Make Better Research Guides (July 20, 2016)
Librarians put many hours into creating research guides, and usage studies have shown that students use them very little. Learn some effective techniques of instructional design and web usability that any librarian can apply to make online guides better and more useful to your students, whether you’re using LibGuides or a home-brew system.

Excavating RDM from Library Data (August 4, 2016)
Learn how to implement research data management (RDM) concepts and techniques to library data with a goal of managing library data strategically.  In turn, apply your new RDM knowledge in outreach to your disciplinary faculty.

Online courses are primarily asynchronous and require approximately three to five hours a week.

Designing Curriculum & Developing Educators for the Information Literacy Courses of Tomorrow (July 18-August 5, 2016)
Is your information literacy course in need of an overhaul?  Do you want to deliver exceptional learning experiences through your credit course?  This online course will focus on information literacy curriculum development, including consideration of the Framework for Information Literacy and high impact practices with regards to content development and delivery.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its new Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which reads:

Scholarship by academic librarians advances the fields of library and information science, influences practices of aligned professions, and informs effective advocacy. In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible. The author should be responsible for determining at what date the deposited manuscript becomes openly accessible, taking into account applicable institutional or funder policies, as well as other relevant considerations. ACRL further encourages academic librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature, and data, openly accessible.

It is also imperative that publishers of library and information science scholarship explore and implement publishing models to make their content openly accessible as soon as possible. Librarians who are editors, reviewers, and authors should assist with this effort by engaging with their publishers about these models.

Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at their meeting on June 25, 2016, the policy statement was developed by ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee with feedback from members and the broader community then vetted by the ACRL standards committee.

“As our profession adapts to new roles and a changing academic landscape, it is timely to have an official policy statement encouraging academic librarians to model open access publishing decisions for their own work as they advocate for discipline faculty and researchers to choose open access outlets to disseminate their research,” remarked ACRL president Irene M.H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

“This is an important step in affirming widely-held values and norms in the profession regarding open access,” noted Shan C. Sutton, immediate past chair of ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee and vice dean of university libraries at the University of Arizona. “More broadly, the policy statement could serve as a model for other professional organizations and scholarly societies to emulate in advocating for open access among their own members.”

Find the statement online with ACRL’s other statements, guidelines, standards and frameworks at http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards.

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