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Choice Announces Two New Hires

Melissa Ceraso has been named editor in mathematics and the natural sciences, and Jason Simon has been named senior web developer for Choice, effective immediately. Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL, is the publisher of Choice, the premier source for reviews of new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries.

Melissa CersaoUntil recently, Melissa Ceraso was the Evergreen Systems Manager at Bibliomation, Inc., the largest library consortium in the state of Connecticut. There, she managed and maintained Evergreen, an open-source integrated library system utilized throughout the entire consortium. During her tenure at Bibliomation, she fulfilled the role of lead project manager for the new union catalog and the new interlibrary loan system for the Connecticut State Library. In addition, she was the project manager for Bibliomation’s library migration projects. Prior to her employment at Bibliomation, Melissa worked in multiple library settings – ranging from providing reference services for a document delivery company to cataloging government documents for an academic library. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In her mathematics and natural sciences editorial role at Choice, where she succeeds Georgia Scura and Cynthia Crooker, she will report to Bill Mickey, editorial director.

Jason Simon pic 2Holding a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons, Jason Simon spent the past five-and-a-half years serving as the technology & serials librarian at Fitchburg State University, where he was responsible for creating  a custom electronic resources management (ERM) system and a system for digitizing open-access periodicals.  A designer of websites since the mid-1990s, he has presented and published on developing small digital management systems, electronic asset management, and usability and brings to Choice expertise in database design, information literacy, and web development.  Prior to earning his MLIS, Jason did graduate work in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his role at Choice, the first of its kind at the publishing unit, Jason will work closely with developers to create the upcoming CC Advisor product and to upgrade Choice Reviews, and will play a major role in modifications and improvements to Choice’s back-end systems. He will report to Mark Cummings, editor and publisher.

“We are thrilled to welcome Melissa and Jason to the Choice team,” said Cummings. “With Melissa on board, we have a hearty roster of subject editors, and are excited about her editorial skills as well as knowledge of the modern academic library landscape. In a role new to Choice, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge about library systems as well as web development expertise. It’s a time of real growth and innovation at Choice, and these two new hires exemplify the direction in which we are headed.”

Late summer brings a tidal wave of topics with the ACRL-Choice Webinar program

ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts.  Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these free interactive webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

The ACRL-Choice webinar series is an ongoing program, offering dozens of presentations each academic year.  This late summer/early fall, ACRL-Choice webinars will present a variety of subjects and experts. See below for the programs and click the title links to register.

ACRL-Choice webinars offer an exceptional way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with service providers, allowing sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback. Be sure to check out the  complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars to date—with more added each month—on the Choice YouTube Channel.

For more information on past and upcoming 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.

New Look for Choice Magazine Debuts with September 2016 Issue

Choice September 2016 coverWith the September 2016 issue, Choice will unveil a new cover and interior design, the first such change at the magazine in almost a decade. The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education for over fifty years, Choice is a publication of ACRL.

Launched in 1964 out of office space at Wesleyan University’s Olin Library under the leadership of founding editor Richard K. Gardner, Choice magazine originated as “a monthly current book selection guide to aid colleges and junior colleges in strengthening their library collections with the best of academic materials.” Since then, Choice has expanded coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably the proliferation of new digital and Internet resources. Choice‘s contributions to the academic library community have grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights such as bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and most recently, features devoted to community college libraries, including the editors’ top 75 community college resources list.

The new cover design of Choice reflects an overall rebranding effort begun earlier this year, which includes a new logo and tagline for the Choice publishing unit.

“There have been a number of changes recently at Choice, with several new staffers in place, the launch of the Choice Reviews database this summer, the redesigned and expanded Choice360.org site, and new products on the horizon. We are committed to providing academic librarians with the support and tools they need to do their jobs in today’s changing world of information,” said Mark Cummings, Choice editor and publisher. “It’s an exciting time for us and one that called for a fresh look all around. We are especially proud of the new cover and interior design of Choice. Rest assured, though, that beautiful photographs of academic libraries will still take center stage on our covers moving forward.”

For more on Choice magazine, Choice Reviews, or Choice’s other products and services, please visit www.choice360.org.

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.

Introducing Choice Reviews

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Choice has announced the launch of a new service called Choice Reviews, a completely redesigned Choice Reviews Online built to respond directly to the many suggestions received from subscribers.  This version has been engineered to work the way that librarians do, with an intuitive user interface, improved search and discovery features, and data management tools that will save you time and simplify decision-making.

The new Choice Reviews features advanced technology that makes librarians faster and better at what they have been doing for centuries: identifying the best sources.

With tools that make it easy to save, share, and manage results, Choice Reviews puts the power of curation back into the hands of librarians.

  • Searchable database of almost 200,000 academic reviews.
  • Intuitive interface to make searches faster and easier.
  • Reviews published in real time for immediate access.
  • Build lists, save searches, create alerts, find books in WorldCat, poll faculty on their preferences, and even add titles to your GOBI shopping cart.

Choice Reviews is designed to be used by librarians, faculty, and patrons—as a source of bibliographic information and critical reviews of works being considered for research projects and/or classroom assignments.

Visit www.choice360.org for more on Choice Reviews, to sign up for a free trial, and for information on the other products and services Choice has to offer.

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