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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.

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.

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