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Warm up with a thought provoking ACRL-Choice webinar this winter!

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market is back with a hot new roster of topics and speakers, sure to stoke the embers of discussion this winter.  Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live, interactive webinars which provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans.

ACRL-CHOICE webinars cover a wide spectrum of subjects important to academic libraries. Click on a webinar title for more information and to register.  Upcoming webinars include:

The first quarter of 2015 will include webinars from ProQuest, Springer, Rowman and Littlefield, and from the Choice editors, among others.  The program offers an exceptional way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market.  It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For more information or to visit the archive of recent webinars, please visit our website. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.

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Enter Your Best Choice Contest, Win a Trip to ALA Annual

YBC_logoChoice, a publishing unit of ACRL, recently announced the launch of its Your Best Choice contest, a call for ideas on how Choice can provide new products and/or services for the academic library community. The winner will receive airfare, accommodations and registration to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The goal of the contest is to solicit innovative and forward-thinking ideas for how Choice can contribute to information discovery, access, evaluation, retrieval and use by librarians, educators  and students. In 1,000 words or less, submitted essays should address:

  • the goal of the service;
  • its intended audience;
  • how it works/what it does;
  • its benefit to the university community.

Contest submissions will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015, and a winner will be announced in early April 2015.  For more information, complete contest rules and to enter, please visit the Your Best Choice contest page on the Choice website.

Choice to Launch Guest of Choice Editorial Feature

Choice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, is initiating a new feature in its editorial lineup, a series of guest editorials informally called “Guest of Choice.” Contributed by creative and insightful thinkers in library and allied professions, materials in this new series seek to engage readers in important issues and debates concerning the state of academic librarianship, information management and access, new publishing models and other topics appropriate to Choice’s audience.

“Guest of Choice” will launch in October in both Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online, featuring a provocative article by Mark Sandler, director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in Champaign, Ill.. Sandler’s article, “Coffee’s for Closers,” touches on the timely question of customer acquisition and retention in academic libraries.  Calling a business model that separates funding from customer satisfaction a threat to the future of academic libraries, Sandler recommends adopting a strategy that focuses instead on demand, specifically user demand for library services. “Market to the insecurities of the campus,” Sandler writes.

Under the direction of Tom Radko, editorial director of Choice, these occasional guest columns are designed to foster a dialogue among members of Choice’s core audience. Radko envisions “Guest of Choice” as another opportunity to expand the usefulness of Choice, which is heavily used by librarians to purchase books for college and university libraries.

“Traditional missions are being challenged industry-wide,” says Radko, “and we are engaged in intense explorations of how Choice might develop enhancements and services that satisfy the needs of the library and publishing communities as a whole. We see these guest columns as contributing to that effort.”

Suggestions of individuals who might serve as a “Guest of Choice” should be directed to tradko@ala-choice.org.

Fall 2014 ACRL-CHOICE Webinar Program Announced

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publisher and other experts who serve their market is back with an exciting new roster of topics and speakers. Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live interactive webinars that provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans. Experts, authors and publishing representatives have presented sessions on topics pertinent to today’s academic libraries that have recently included eBooks in academic libraries, expert databases, the importance of STEM and strategies for finding reliable international statistics and publications.

Upcoming ACRL-CHOICE webinars will cover a wide gamut of new topics important to academic libraries. Registration information for each event is available by clicking on the event title.

Late fall will also see webinars sponsored by Elsevier, Mango Learning, McGraw-Hill and others. The program offers an exceptional way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market. It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For information on becoming an ACRL-CHOICE webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org. To visit the archive of recent webinars, please visit us on the CHOICE website.

Rachel Hendrick Named Choice Operations Manager

Hendrick headshot1Rachel Hendrick has been named operations manager of Choice, effective immediately.  The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publication of ACRL.

Rachel Hendrick brings an academic background in librarianship and over 10 years magazine publishing experience to the operations manager position at Choice.  She began her career at Life Magazine, first as a photo researcher working with Time Inc.’s picture collection and later in editorial production. Since then, she has worked at various national and international publishing houses including Reader’s Digest and Conde Nast. Most recently, she project managed the final production of Sotheby’s digital iPad catalog.

In addition to her professional knowledge of publishing, she offers an expertise in librarianship. In 2007, Hendrick was awarded a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in rare books from Long Island University. In her academic career, she cataloged, curated, and helped stage an exhibition of a rare books collection for a private client.  She also holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt institute with a concentration in art history.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Hendrick to Choice as operations manager,” said Choice Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings. “While it is true that she has big shoes to fill, Rachel brings with her a unique blend of experience in publishing, librarianship, and academia, one that will certainly be to the benefit of Choice, now and in the future.”

Hendrick steps into the role vacated by Tom Radko, who was promoted to editorial director of Choice earlier this year after serving as operations manager for five years, and will report Cummings.

 

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