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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.

Winter 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 winter,  ACRL-Choice webinars will present a variety of subjects and experts; see below for the programs and links 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 past and upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Choice Launches Academic Publishing Weekly

snipimageLaunching November 11 and created specifically for the academic publisher market, the latest newsletter from Choice is Academic Publishing Weekly. Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL (a division of the American Library Association), has been the go-to resource for academic librarians for more than 50 years. As a trusted tool for collection development, Choice has been an important ally to academic publishers and this newsletter is a natural extension of the Choice brand.

Academic Publishing Weekly is curated by the editors of Choice. From mergers and acquisitions to research reports, major product launches and significant “people on the move” items, the newsletter aggregates the latest updates from around the industry in a convenient, single-source format, emailed to opt-in subscribers.

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Distribution: Over 900 executives at large and small academic and university presses
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  • Sign up to receive Academic Publishing Weekly

“Choice is excited to add this newsletter to its growing stable of products,” says Bill Mickey, Choice editorial director. “We’ve long kept our subscribers up-to-date on Choice-reviewed titles and now we’re pleased to offer a smartly curated source of industry news for the publishers we’ve been working with for more than 50 years.”

Choice Announces Two New Hires

Melissa Ceraso has been named editor in mathematics and the natural sciences, and Jason Simon has been named senior web developer for Choice, effective immediately. Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL, is the publisher of Choice, the premier source for reviews of new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries.

Melissa CersaoUntil recently, Melissa Ceraso was the Evergreen Systems Manager at Bibliomation, Inc., the largest library consortium in the state of Connecticut. There, she managed and maintained Evergreen, an open-source integrated library system utilized throughout the entire consortium. During her tenure at Bibliomation, she fulfilled the role of lead project manager for the new union catalog and the new interlibrary loan system for the Connecticut State Library. In addition, she was the project manager for Bibliomation’s library migration projects. Prior to her employment at Bibliomation, Melissa worked in multiple library settings – ranging from providing reference services for a document delivery company to cataloging government documents for an academic library. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In her mathematics and natural sciences editorial role at Choice, where she succeeds Georgia Scura and Cynthia Crooker, she will report to Bill Mickey, editorial director.

Jason Simon pic 2Holding a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons, Jason Simon spent the past five-and-a-half years serving as the technology & serials librarian at Fitchburg State University, where he was responsible for creating  a custom electronic resources management (ERM) system and a system for digitizing open-access periodicals.  A designer of websites since the mid-1990s, he has presented and published on developing small digital management systems, electronic asset management, and usability and brings to Choice expertise in database design, information literacy, and web development.  Prior to earning his MLIS, Jason did graduate work in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his role at Choice, the first of its kind at the publishing unit, Jason will work closely with developers to create the upcoming CC Advisor product and to upgrade Choice Reviews, and will play a major role in modifications and improvements to Choice’s back-end systems. He will report to Mark Cummings, editor and publisher.

“We are thrilled to welcome Melissa and Jason to the Choice team,” said Cummings. “With Melissa on board, we have a hearty roster of subject editors, and are excited about her editorial skills as well as knowledge of the modern academic library landscape. In a role new to Choice, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge about library systems as well as web development expertise. It’s a time of real growth and innovation at Choice, and these two new hires exemplify the direction in which we are headed.”

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