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Choice to Launch Guest of Choice Editorial Feature

Choice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, is initiating a new feature in its editorial lineup, a series of guest editorials informally called “Guest of Choice.” Contributed by creative and insightful thinkers in library and allied professions, materials in this new series seek to engage readers in important issues and debates concerning the state of academic librarianship, information management and access, new publishing models and other topics appropriate to Choice’s audience.

“Guest of Choice” will launch in October in both Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online, featuring a provocative article by Mark Sandler, director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in Champaign, Ill.. Sandler’s article, “Coffee’s for Closers,” touches on the timely question of customer acquisition and retention in academic libraries.  Calling a business model that separates funding from customer satisfaction a threat to the future of academic libraries, Sandler recommends adopting a strategy that focuses instead on demand, specifically user demand for library services. “Market to the insecurities of the campus,” Sandler writes.

Under the direction of Tom Radko, editorial director of Choice, these occasional guest columns are designed to foster a dialogue among members of Choice’s core audience. Radko envisions “Guest of Choice” as another opportunity to expand the usefulness of Choice, which is heavily used by librarians to purchase books for college and university libraries.

“Traditional missions are being challenged industry-wide,” says Radko, “and we are engaged in intense explorations of how Choice might develop enhancements and services that satisfy the needs of the library and publishing communities as a whole. We see these guest columns as contributing to that effort.”

Suggestions of individuals who might serve as a “Guest of Choice” should be directed to tradko@ala-choice.org.

Fall 2014 ACRL-CHOICE Webinar Program Announced

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publisher and other experts who serve their market is back with an exciting new roster of topics and speakers. Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live interactive webinars that provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans. Experts, authors and publishing representatives have presented sessions on topics pertinent to today’s academic libraries that have recently included eBooks in academic libraries, expert databases, the importance of STEM and strategies for finding reliable international statistics and publications.

Upcoming ACRL-CHOICE webinars will cover a wide gamut of new topics important to academic libraries. Registration information for each event is available by clicking on the event title.

Late fall will also see webinars sponsored by Elsevier, Mango Learning, McGraw-Hill and others. The program offers an exceptional way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market. It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For information on becoming an ACRL-CHOICE webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org. To visit the archive of recent webinars, please visit us on the CHOICE website.

Rachel Hendrick Named Choice Operations Manager

Hendrick headshot1Rachel Hendrick has been named operations manager of Choice, effective immediately.  The premier source of reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education, Choice is a publication of ACRL.

Rachel Hendrick brings an academic background in librarianship and over 10 years magazine publishing experience to the operations manager position at Choice.  She began her career at Life Magazine, first as a photo researcher working with Time Inc.’s picture collection and later in editorial production. Since then, she has worked at various national and international publishing houses including Reader’s Digest and Conde Nast. Most recently, she project managed the final production of Sotheby’s digital iPad catalog.

In addition to her professional knowledge of publishing, she offers an expertise in librarianship. In 2007, Hendrick was awarded a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in rare books from Long Island University. In her academic career, she cataloged, curated, and helped stage an exhibition of a rare books collection for a private client.  She also holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt institute with a concentration in art history.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Hendrick to Choice as operations manager,” said Choice Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings. “While it is true that she has big shoes to fill, Rachel brings with her a unique blend of experience in publishing, librarianship, and academia, one that will certainly be to the benefit of Choice, now and in the future.”

Hendrick steps into the role vacated by Tom Radko, who was promoted to editorial director of Choice earlier this year after serving as operations manager for five years, and will report Cummings.

 

ACRL-CHOICE Spring/Summer 2014 Webinar Program

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market is back with an exciting new roster of topics and speakers discussing issues pertinent to today’s academic library landscape.

Launched one year ago, the program was kicked off with an exploration of the library of the future, featuring the University of Washington Information School’s Joe Janes, author of the Rowman & Littlefield title Library 2020.  This first webinar for ACRL-CHOICE proved as stimulating as its topic, with over 500 participants attending the program.  Following it were popular sessions on topics including navigating the digital landscape, open access, research trends and eBooks in academic libraries, with sponsors including EBSCO, ProQuest, SAGE, Springer and Elsevier.  Content providers as well as librarians and other library professionals are enjoying the unique forum the ACRL-CHOICE webinars provide to discuss subjects meaningful in today’s academic library world.

Upcoming ACRL-CHOICE webinars will cover a wide gamut of new topics important to academic libraries. Click on a webinar title for more information and to register:

ACRL-CHOICE webinars are a unique opportunity for discussion among vendors, publishers, authors, and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans.  Structured as 60- minute, live, interactive webinars, the program offers an unprecedented way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market.  It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For further information on becoming an ACRL-CHOICE webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.

CHOICE Is 50 – Let the Celebration Begin!

Choice 50th Anniversary logoThis month, Choice magazine marks a milestone of true significance: 50 years of publication.  The premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources in higher education, Choice is a publication of ACRL.

Launched in 1964 out of office space at Wesleyan University’s Olin Library under the leadership of founding editor Richard K. Gardner, Choice originated as “a monthly current book selection guide to aid colleges and junior colleges in strengthening their library collections with the best of academic materials.”  Over the years, Choice has remained committed to this vital collection development service, expanding coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably a vast array of new digital and Internet resources.  With Choice and Choice Reviews Online, the contribution to the academic library community has grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights including bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and other notable features.

“The first fifty years of Choice have seen a new publication grow and mature into the magazine and electronic resource of note for academic libraries,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice.  “As we enter our fifty-first year, we look forward to continuing to present informed reviews and high-quality editorial content via Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online, as well as to serve our market in a host of new ways.  We intend to adapt and grow to meet the changing needs of the academic library community at large.  It’s a time of great celebration, challenges, and new ideas—in other words, the perfect time for Choice.”

Choice’s 50th anniversary is being commemorated in a number of ways, including the posting of distinctive features and reprinted materials about Choice’s history and evolution on Choice Reviews Online throughout the year, a 50th anniversary edition of Choice in March, commemorative gifts at conferences, social media giveaways, and a variety of special offers designed to invite new and past subscribers to experience Choice and CRO at discounted prices.

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