Category Archives: Choice

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.

Fall Into a Season of Great Topics and Valuable Information with the ACRL-Choice Webinar Program

choice_logo-80HACRL-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 late summer/early fall, ACRL-Choice webinars will present a cornucopia of subjects. Click on the webinar titles below to register.

Autumn will also feature webinars from  Alexander Street Press and others. The 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 us at To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

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.


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