Category Archives: Choice

Call for Peer Reviewers – ACRL/Choice Core Subject Collections

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), a copublication of ACRL/Choice and ProQuest, invites academic librarians and faculty to participate as peer reviewers. RCL provides a list of core titles that are essential for undergraduate libraries and is available online.

We are currently seeking knowledgeable and practicing selectors in the social sciences, including the following subjects:  Law  ::  Political Science

Referees will be responsible for comprehensively evaluating the RCL subject’s bibliographic content, along with its taxonomic organization. All referee work is scheduled for completion by August 15, 2016. Please consider submitting your name to participate in this one-time professional service. To volunteer as a reviewer or learn more, contact Anne Doherty ( with a brief description of your qualifications, particularly any experience maintaining or assessing core collections in the subject, along with a CV/resume. This is a great opportunity to share and hone your specialized expertise while contributing to the development of the subject literature for more general collections.

RCL is a subscription database that identifies 85,000+ titles across 61 subjects that are essential for research and instruction at the undergraduate level.

Spring 2016 ACRL-Choice Webinars

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 approximately thirty presentations each academic year. This spring, ACRL-Choice webinars will present a cornucopia of subjects, including:

The ACRL-Choice webinar program offers an exceptional way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their markets, 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 ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit the Choice website. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Choice Now Presents Acclaimed Bibliographic Essays in LibGuide Format

choice_logo-80HChoice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, has launched a new section on its revamped site, featuring Choice bibliographic essays in LibGuide format.

At launch, the LibGuide section will contain all eleven of the bibliographic essays published in 2015, with essays from 2013 and 2014 to be added in the spring. Moving forward, new bibliographic essays will be featured simultaneously in the LibGuide format as well as in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.

“LibGuides have become increasingly popular with librarians, so presenting the Choice bibliographic essays in such a useful format was a natural progression for us,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “And publishing our essays as open-access content makes them readily accessible as research tools for students and faculty, one of the ways in which we are working to expand the reach and utility of Choice.”

Also new to are dedicated sections on the new Choice tablet app, Outstanding Academic Titles (OATs), and ACRL books and digital resources.

Choice Debuts Content, Tools Tailored for Community College Market

Choicechoice_logo-80H, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, premieres content specifically crafted for community college libraries in the November 2015 issue of Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.

“With two-year colleges currently constituting about 39% of all colleges, the role of the community college library is more important than ever. Today, much of the work there revolves around three main challenges: helping students learn, improving academic and program performance, and promoting innovation,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “By expanding its attention to instructional resources most appropriate for community colleges, Choice can help community college libraries meet these challenges.”

With that in mind, Choice’s new community college features include:

  • All titles appropriate for community college libraries are marked with an easily identifiable iconchoicecc.
  • The top community college titles each month are listed in a special multipage section at the front of the magazine and in Choice Reviews Online.
  • Editorials addressing topics especially relevant to community colleges will appear in selected issues. Prospective topics include collection development, inclusiveness, leadership, workforce development, educational technologies, college readiness, information access, OERs, and more.

An editorial by Zoe Fisher, reference and instruction librarian at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, and a Choice Editorial Board member, inaugurates Choice’s new targeted content with her editorial, “Hey, That’s My Librarian!: Perspectives on Student Engagement from a Community College Librarian.” As she notes in her column, “Librarians, particularly community college librarians, are uniquely situated to be mentors to adult learners. This is the advantage of doing it all —we teach, we coordinate, we advise, and we make new connections with students every day.”

Choice looks forward to providing the tools to help community college libraries continue to “do it all,” now and in the future.

Choice Goes Mobile With New Tablet App

choice appChoice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, has announced the release of the new Choice tablet app, which makes Choice magazine available for the  iPad and Android tablets. Current Choice or Choice Reviews Online subscribers can access the Choice app for free by downloading it from the App Store and Google Play™.

The Choice tablet app includes features and functionalities that make it more than simply a digital version of the monthly magazine, including the options to:

  • Browse by subject
  • Search by keyword
  • Create lists
  • Email reviews
  • Sign up for ACRL-Choice webinars or watch the most recent presentations
  • Use social media links to share articles on Facebook or Twitter

Debuting with the September 2015 issue, the Choice tablet app joins a growing roster of products and services from Choice, which include Choice magazine, Choice Reviews Online, Resources for College Libraries, and the ACRL-Choice webinar program.

Learn more about Choice on the publication website.

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