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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.

Call for Peer Reviewers – ACRL/ Choice Core Subject Collections

RCL logoResources 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. This is a great opportunity to share and refresh your disciplinary knowledge while contributing to the development of the core subject literature!

We are currently seeking knowledgeable and practicing selectors in the social sciences and science and technology subjects, including:

Agriculture  ::  Anthropology  ::  Astronomy  ::  Biology  ::  Business Administration  ::  Chemistry  ::  Computer Science  ::  Economics  ::  Education  ::  Environmental Sciences  ::  General Science  ::  Geography  ::  Geology  ::  Health Sciences and Medicine  ::  Journalism and Communication  ::  Law  ::  Mathematics  ::  Physics  ::  Political Science  ::  Psychology  ::  Sociology  ::  Sports and Recreation  ::  Technology and Engineering

Referees will be responsible for comprehensively evaluating the RCL subject’s bibliographic content, along with its taxonomic organization. . Please consider submitting your name to participate in this one-time professional service. To volunteer as a reviewer or learn more, contact Anne Doherty (adoherty@ala-choice.org) with a brief description of your qualifications, particularly any experience maintaining or assessing core collections in the subject, along with a CV/resume. The volunteer deadline is June 10, 2016. All referee work is scheduled for completion by August 15, 2016

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

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 (adoherty@ala-choice.org) 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 pmarino@ala-choice.org.

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