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Crooker, Sandstrom Join Choice Editorial Team

Cynthia Crooker has been named science and technology editor and Pamela Sandstrom has been named reference editor for Choice. The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publishing unit of ACRL.

Crooker is an experienced editor with a Master’s degree in English (University of Delaware); she also completed her coursework for a PhD in English at Brown University and holds a second Master’s degree in library science from Simmons College.  A librarian at Yale University for twenty-three years, she spent fifteen of those years at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library where she handled collection development and served on the committee which chose digital resources for the library.  More recently, Crooker worked with STM publishers on ebook discovery issues for the medical vendor, Doody Enterprises. She first worked at Choice on various ebook projects from 2011-2014 as a contract worker.

“I’m thrilled to be back working at Choice. This position combines all of my favorite interests: serving academic libraries and their users, matching books and people (in this case, reviewers), and editing. It’s the ideal job,” she said.

“Cynthia has worked with Choice as a freelancer for several years, during which time she was known for her attention to detail and stellar work ethic.  We couldn’t be happier that she is now joining us as a full-time employee bringing to our publishing unit her considerable background as editor, medical librarian, and educator,” said Choice Editorial Director Tom Radko.  “As Choice’s new science and technology editor, Cynthia is a fine addition to our editorial team.”

Crooker steps into the role vacated by Georgia Scura, who retired in April 2015.

Trained as an academic librarian and information social scientist, Sandstrom has blended librarianship and cross-cultural research in her career, and has made original contributions to the research specialty of information foraging theory. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from Indiana University.

As she puts it, “My passion is helping people articulate strategies that help them realize their information goals. I have experience in formulating problems for investigation, analyzing information-seeking behavior, evaluating key sociocultural and technical factors, and identifying barriers to information access.”

“Pamela is no stranger to Choice, as she’s been one of our reference reviewers since 1999,” comments Radko.  “In addition, she stepped in for a 6-month appointment in 2013 when our humanities editor went on sabbatical.  I first heard about Pamela in 1986 while serving as the acquisitions editor for the University of Oklahoma Press; this was about the time the press published her and Alan R. Sandstrom’s book, Traditional Papermaking and Paper Cult Figures of Mexico–which is still in print.  Pamela’s credentials are impressive, and she’s the ideal candidate to oversee this important area of our program.”

Sandstrom steps into the role vacated by Carolyn Wilcox, who retired in December 2014 after over a decade of service.

Both Crooker and Sandstrom will report to Tom Radko, editorial director of Choice.

 

Spring 2015 ACRL-Choice webinar program, You Tube archives

The ACRL-Choice webinar program connects academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, and other experts.  Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these free interactive webinars, with topics ranging from issues such as using social media to build library communities to reference databases to open access.  Now, ACRL and Choice are pleased to present a  complete library of these webinars to date—with more added each month—on the Choice YouTube Channel.

“We are delighted to make the archive of ACRL-Choice sponsored webinars freely available,” said ACRL executive director Mary Ellen Davis. “We hope the community finds them a good resource for a wide range of topics from library management and research to digital collections.”

“The webinar archive is a great place to find professional development resources,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice.  “Helping to bring people together around information resources is something we are committed to at Choice.”

The ACRL-Choice webinar series is an ongoing program, offering approximately thirty presentations each academic year.  For spring 2015, ACRL-Choice webinars will cover a variety of subjects. Click on the title of each webinar to register.

Late spring and early summer will feature webinars from Springer, ProQuest, and Rowman and Littlefield, 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 markets. It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For more information on ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at www.choice360.org. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.

Top Outstanding Academic Titles Picks for 2014 Announced by Choice Editors

The Choice subject editors recognize the most significant titles reviewed each  calendar year by compiling the “Outstanding Academic Titles” (OAT) list, which is published each January in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.  As a special preview to the full 2014 list, which will appear in the January 2015 issue, the Choice subject editors have selected from among the 2014 list their favorites for the following “Top 25 Books” and “Top 10 Internet Resources” lists.

Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014:  Top 25 Books

Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids, by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero. Columbia, 2013. 411p bibl index afp ISBN 9780231153201 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/abominable-science-origins-of-the-yeti-nessie-and-other-famous-cryptids/oclc/800055965>, $29.95. Reviewed in CHOICE April 2014.

American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century, by Robert E. Gallamore and John R. Meyer. Harvard, 2014. 506p index ISBN 9780674725645 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/american-railroads-decline-and-renaissance-in-the-twentieth-century/oclc/861478393>, $55.00. Reviewed in CHOICE December 2014.

Ancient Syria: A Three Thousand Year History, by Trevor Bryce. Oxford, 2014. 379p bibl index ISBN 9780199646678 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/ancient-syria-a-three-thousand-year-history/oclc/844731386>, $50.00. Reviewed in CHOICE November 2014.

Aristotle: His Life and School, by Carlo Natali and ed. by D. S. Hutchinson. Princeton, 2013. 219p bibl index afp ISBN 9780691096537 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/aristotle-his-life-and-school/oclc/841212095>, $29.95. Reviewed in CHOICE March 2014.

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Delacorte Press, 2013. 254p bibl index afp ISBN 9780553804645 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/blindspot-hidden-biases-of-good-people/oclc/687655333>, $27.00; ISBN 9780440423294 ebook <http://www.worldcat.org/title/blindspot-hidden-biases-of-good-people/oclc/687655333>, contact publisher for price. Reviewed in CHOICE June 2014.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty and tr. by Arthur Goldhammer. Belknap, Harvard, 2014. 685p index afp ISBN 9780674430006 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/capital-in-the-twenty-first-century/oclc/858914389>, $39.95. Reviewed in CHOICE August 2014.

Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State, by Shira Robinson. Stanford, 2013. 330p bibl index afp ISBN 9780804786546 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/citizen-strangers-palestinians-and-the-birth-of-israels-liberal-settler-state/oclc/859744802>, $85.00; ISBN 9780804788007 pbk <http://www.worldcat.org/title/citizen-strangers-palestinians-and-the-birth-of-israels-liberal-settler-state/oclc/859744802>, $24.95; ISBN 9780804788021 ebook <http://www.worldcat.org/title/citizen-strangers-palestinians-and-the-birth-of-israels-liberal-settler-state/oclc/859744802>, $24.95. Reviewed in CHOICE September 2014.

Climate and Human Migration: Past Experiences, Future Challenges, by Robert A. McLeman. Cambridge, 2014. 294p bibl index ISBN 9781107022652 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/climate-and-human-migration-past-experiences-future-challenges/oclc/854512678>, $99.00; ISBN 9781107606708 pbk <http://www.worldcat.org/title/climate-and-human-migration-past-experiences-future-challenges/oclc/854512678>, $39.99. Reviewed in CHOICE December 2014.

Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, by Benjamin Ross. Oxford, 2014. 249p index afp ISBN 9780199360147 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/dead-end-suburban-sprawl-and-the-rebirth-of-american-urbanism/oclc/859384133>, $29.95. Reviewed in CHOICE December 2014.

The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context: American State Papers, Petitions, Proclamations & Letters of the Delegates to the First National Congress, comp., ed., and introd. by Barry Alan Shain. Yale, 2014. 750p bibl index afp ISBN 9780300158748 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/declaration-of-independence-in-historical-context-american-state-papers-petitions-proclamations-and-letters-of-the-delegates-to-the-first-national-congress/oclc/864789570>, $125.00. Reviewed in CHOICE December 2014.

The Dream of the Great American Novel, by Lawrence Buell. Belknap Press, 2014. 567p index afp ISBN 9780674051157 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/dream-of-the-great-american-novel/oclc/871257583>, $39.95. Reviewed in CHOICE August 2014.

Ethnic Cleansing and the Indian: The Crime That Should Haunt America, by Gary Clayton Anderson. Oklahoma, 2014. 462p bibl index afp ISBN 9780806144214 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/ethnic-cleansing-and-the-indian-the-crime-that-should-haunt-america/oclc/851285610>, $29.95. Reviewed in CHOICE September 2014.

Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World, by James MacGregor Burns. Thomas Dunne Books, 2013. 388p index ISBN 9781250024893 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/fire-and-light-how-the-enlightenment-transformed-our-world/oclc/827256844>, $27.99; ISBN 9781250024909 ebook <http://www.worldcat.org/title/fire-and-light-how-the-enlightenment-transformed-our-world/oclc/827256844>, contact publisher for price. Reviewed in CHOICE October 2014.

From X-Rays to DNA: How Engineering Drives Biology, by W. David Lee with Jeffrey Drazen, Phillip A. Sharp, and Robert S. Langer. MIT, 2014. 233p bibl index afp ISBN 9780262019774 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/from-x-rays-to-dna-how-engineering-drives-biology/oclc/842500023>, $30.00. Reviewed in CHOICE October 2014.

History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, ed. by Pat Kirkham and Susan Weber with John Robert Alderman et al. Yale, 2013. 698p bibl index ISBN 9780300196146 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-design-decorative-arts-and-material-culture-1400-2000/oclc/843455105>, $80.00. Reviewed in CHOICE June 2014.

In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries Across the Life of Sciences, by Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden. Chicago, 2013. 228p bibl index afp ISBN 9780226039657 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/in-search-of-mechanisms-discoveries-across-the-life-sciences/oclc/826899648>, $75.00; ISBN 9780226039794 pbk <http://www.worldcat.org/title/in-search-of-mechanisms-discoveries-across-the-life-sciences/oclc/826899648>, $25.00; ISBN 9780226039824 ebook <http://www.worldcat.org/title/in-search-of-mechanisms-discoveries-across-the-life-sciences/oclc/826899648>, contact publisher for price. Reviewed in CHOICE June 2014.

Pagan Britain, by Ronald Hutton. Yale, 2014, (c2013). 480p index afp ISBN 9780300197716 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/pagan-britain/oclc/844731544>, $45.00. Reviewed in CHOICE October 2014.

Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama, by Matthew C. Whitaker. Nebraska, 2014, (c2013). 393p bibl index afp ISBN 9780803246935 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/peace-be-still-modern-black-america-from-world-war-ii-to-barack-obama/oclc/839395975>, $75.00; ISBN 9780803249646 pbk <http://www.worldcat.org/title/peace-be-still-modern-black-america-from-world-war-ii-to-barack-obama/oclc/839395975>, $30.00. Reviewed in CHOICE July 2014.

Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, by Martha C. Nussbaum. Belknap, Harvard, 2013. 457p bibl index afp ISBN 9780674724655 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/political-emotions-why-love-matters-for-justice/oclc/840460744>, $35.00. Reviewed in CHOICE June 2014.

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, by Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. with Juhn Ahn et al. Princeton, 2014. 1,265p afp ISBN 9780691157863  <http://www.worldcat.org/title/princeton-dictionary-of-buddhism/oclc/864788798>, $65.00. Reviewed in CHOICE May 2014.

Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and the Making of the Modern World, 1945-1965, by Michael Burleigh. Viking, 2013. 587p bibl index ISBN 9780670025459 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/small-wars-faraway-places-global-insurrection-and-the-making-of-the-modern-world-1945-1965/oclc/834432611>, $36.00. Reviewed in CHOICE February 2014.

Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection, ed. by Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hysop with James G. Barber et al. Smithsonian Books, 2013. 368p index ISBN 9781588343895 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/smithsonian-civil-war-inside-the-national-collection/oclc/825046967>, $40.00. Reviewed in CHOICE February 2014.

Society Explained: An Introduction to Sociology, by Nathan Rousseau. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 281p bibl index afp ISBN 9781442207103 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/society-explained-an-introduction-to-sociology/oclc/862589443>, $75.00; ISBN 9781442207110 pbk <http://www.worldcat.org/title/society-explained-an-introduction-to-sociology/oclc/862589443>, $26.99; ISBN 9781442207127 ebook <http://www.worldcat.org/title/society-explained-an-introduction-to-sociology/oclc/862589443>, $25.99. Reviewed in CHOICE November 2014.

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain, by Patricia S. Churchland. W. W. Norton, 2013. 304p index ISBN 9780393058321 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/touching-a-nerve-the-self-as-brain/oclc/829446052>, $26.95. Reviewed in CHOICE April 2014.

What Unions No Longer Do, by Jake Rosenfeld. Harvard, 2014. 279p bibl index ISBN 9780674725119 <http://www.worldcat.org/title/what-unions-no-longer-do/oclc/840460771>, $39.95. Reviewed in CHOICE June 2014.

Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014: Top 10 Internet Resources

American Indian Histories and Cultures. Adam Matthew. Contact publisher for pricing (based on Carnegie Classification and Jisc); includes nominal hosting fee, payable annually. Reviewed in CHOICE March 2014.

BiblioBoard. Brepols BiblioLabs. Tiered pricing based on library size, starting at $500.00 per year. Reviewed in CHOICE May 2014.

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology. Reviewed in CHOICE May 2014.

Dictionary of American Regional English, Online Version. Harvard. Purchase price is $5,500.00; subscription is $1,200.00/year (perpetual access conferred after 6 consecutive years). Reviewed in CHOICE June 2014.

Emily Dickinson Archive. Readex. Reviewed in CHOICE May 2014.

Europeana, 1914-1918: Untold Stories & Official Histories of WW I. Reviewed in CHOICE September 2014.

IMLS Digital Collections and Content, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Reviewed in CHOICE September 2014.

Pew Research Global Attitudes Project, from the Pew Research Center. Reviewed in CHOICE April 2014.

Pronunciator. Pronunciator LLC. Annual academic subscription begins at $1,425.00, based on 1,500 FTE. Substantial discounts via LYRAISIS. Reviewed in CHOICE August 2014.

World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966. Alexander Street. Contact publisher for pricing. Reviewed in CHOICE January 2014.

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.

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