Category Archives: Choice

Gina Kessler Lee Wins Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? Contest

Gina Kessler LeeGina Kessler Lee, information literacy librarian at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California, has been chosen as winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest.

Launched in December 2016, the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest solicited ideas on how the Choice Reviews database might be used in instruction and research, particularly in hands-on ways that librarians might present it as a useful tool to faculty and students undertaking research. In early March, a panel of judges at Choice met and reviewed the submissions, considering the merits of each based on the benefit to students and/or faculty research, overall importance of the proposed initiative, and practicality. One winning submission was chosen.

Gina Kessler Lee’s winning submission, “Select, Annotate, and Critique: An English Honors Thesis Project Using Choice Reviews,” presented an assignment that would enable students to use Choice Reviews to identify the most authoritative books on their chosen topic; create a LibGuide summarizing, comparing, and contrasting the books and articles they found; and—based on their findings—to critique the library’s collection of books on their topic and submit a recommendation to the librarian of titles to purchase.

“We were impressed with how Gina’s idea involved the student, librarian, and faculty advisor, and using Choice Reviews as an interactive tool, which is very much in line with how we encourage the database to be used,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “Using CR to find the best sources on a given topic, learning how to organize those sources into a LibGuide in the style of a Choice Bibliographic Essay, and ultimately making collection development recommendations to the librarian are valuable growth opportunities for students – and great ways to utilize Choice Reviews.”

The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education, Choice Reviews is a publication of ACRL, a division of the American Library Association. The database published its 200,000th review earlier this month.

Spring 2017 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 dozens of presentations each academic year. This spring, the webinar program presents a wide variety of subjects and experts; see below for the programs and links to register.

  • March 9, 2:00p.m. Eastern: “Strategies and Enhancements for Interdisciplinary Research” with Caitlin Beddows, Channel Marketing Manager for Elsevier, and Dr. Elaine Reynolds, Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Lafayette College, sponsored by Elsevier; click here to register.
  • March 16, 2:00p.m. Eastern: From Shelf to Online Repository—Creating a Collaborative Teaching and Research Collection” with Katrina M. Sanders – Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Iowa, Chianta Dorsey – Reference Archivist, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, and Sophie Heath – Production Editor, Adam Matthew Digital, sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital; click here to register.
  • March 28, 2:00p.m. Eastern: How Does the Past Inform Today? Key Primary Source Collections for Research in Social Movements” with Thomas Dublin – Bartle Distinguished Professor, Department of History, State University of New York at Binghamton, Kathryn Sklar – Distinguished Professor of History, Emerita, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Daniel Lewis – Senior Product Manager, ProQuest, sponsored by ProQuest; click here to register.
  • March 29, 2:00p.m. Eastern: Exploring Data Visualization Approaches to Enhance Student Engagement” with Anselm Spoerri – Lecturer/Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education; click here to register.
  • April 6, 2:00p.m. Eastern: “From Video Usage to Engagement to Impact—Charging Ahead” with Kathleen McLellan, Senior Product Manager, David Parker, Senior Vice President of Editorial and Licensing, and Pete Ciufetti, Vice President of Product Development, all of Alexander Street, sponsored by Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company; click here to register.
  • April 11, 2:00p.m. Eastern: Three Keys to Digital Preservation—Management, Technology, and Content” with librarian, administrator, and information technology expert, Edward M. Corrado and Heather Moulaison Sandy – Assistant Professor, iSchool, University of Missouri, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield; click here to register.
  • April 20, 2p.m. Eastern: “Experimental Publishing at the Intersection of Science, Art, and Technology” with Roger Malina, Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology and Professor of Physics, University of Texas, Dallas, and Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media and Co-director of the Still Water Lab and Digital Curation Program, University of Maine, sponsored by The MIT Press; click here to register.
  • April 26, 2p.m. Eastern: “Connect the Library to the Lab” with Gerry Sawchuk, Senior Director, Business, Science, Analytics-Academic, Gale, sponsored by Gale, a Cengage company; click here to register.
  • May 2, 2:00p.m. Eastern: Designing Academic Libraries for Modern Human Behavior” with Jeffrey Hoover of Tappé Architects and Joe S. Agati, a formally trained Industrial Designer with Agati Furniture, sponsored by Tappé Architects and Agati Furniture; click here 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 Media Channel.

For more information on upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at  To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Choice Reviews Reaches A Significant Milestone – 200,000 Reviews

Twenty-eight years after its launch, the Choice Reviews database recently marked the publication of its 200,000th review. The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education, Choice Reviews is a publication of ACRL. Updated continuously in real time, Choice Reviews provides subscribers with immediate access to a comprehensive archive of reviews representing a quarter-century of scholarship.

The 200,000th review, written by Carol Jamison of Armstrong Atlantic State University, is of An Old English History of the World, edited and translated by Malcolm Godden and published by Harvard.

“This is a real achievement for all of us involved with Choice Reviews, in particular our subject editors and network of reviewers, but also the publishers who send us their books and products, as well as the authors of those works,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “These 200,000 reviews constitute a robust discovery tool that can be used by students and faculty to locate key resources in almost any area of academic study.”

ACRL and Choice Launch New App

ACRL-Choice appACRL and its Choice publishing unit have announced the launch of a new mobile app. The ACRL-Choice app delivers to academic and research librarians the latest collection and professional development content, along with ACRL and Choice news and information, in one accessible, mobile-friendly format.

“Mobile access to information is more important than ever in today’s fast paced, on-the-go world” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “We are delighted to bring ACRL and Choice content into the app space to better reach and serve our members along with the academic and research library community.”

Freely available and continuously updated, the new ACRL-Choice app offers the following features:

  • The latest ACRL and Choice news and information, including content from the ACRLog and ACRL Insider blogs, along with Choice’s Ask an Archivist and community college editorial features.
  • Collection-development topics and titles of interest pulled from Choice’s Hot Topics, Editors’ Picks, LibGuides, and the ACI Scholarly Blog Index.
  • A variety of professional-development offerings, including archives of ACRL-Choice webinars and information on ACRL e-Learning programs.

“We are excited to have Choice and ACRL teams working together on this new tool,” added Choice Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings. “The ACRL-Choice app provides academic librarians with the information they need in a convenient mobile format to make their professional lives easier.”

Accessible on Apple and Android tablets and phones, the ACRL-Choice app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Choice Presents POV Videos of Staffer’s First ALA Conference

Choice digital media coordinator Mark Derks will chronicle his first attendance at an ALA conference, the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, in a series of video clips to be posted via the Choice Media Channel on YouTube. These Point of View video clips will be tagged with #ALAMW17POV.

Founded over fifty years ago, Choice has long been known for bringing reliable review coverage and bibliographic essays to the academic library community. Recently, in the interest of providing new tools for the changing needs of today’s librarians, it has launched products including the all-new Choice Reviews database, open access LibGuides, and a popular free webinar series. Now, Choice will present a fresh perspective on conference-going, with staffer Derks documenting his ALA Midwinter Meeting experiences in a POV video diary.

“I’m excited (and a little nervous) to record my first ALA Midwinter Meeting and share it with everyone who visits our YouTube channel,” said Derks. “There are so many people I’m looking forward to meeting and speaking with at the conference. It’ll be cool to bring a little of that to people’s phones and screens—sort of a taste of Midwinter for those who have been #ALAleftbehind.”

Links to the video clips will go out via postings on the Choice Facebook and Twitter account, and will be housed on the Choice Media Channel. The hashtag #ALAMW17POV will be used to mark the videos, and Choice invites other attendees to similarly share their conference experience video clips.

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