Category Archives: Choice

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 www.choice360.org. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.

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
  • For information on advertising: contact Pam Marino, pmarino@ala-choice.org, 860-347-6933 x128
  • 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.”

Late summer brings a tidal wave of topics with the ACRL-Choice Webinar program

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 late summer/early fall, ACRL-Choice webinars will present a variety of subjects and experts. See below for the programs and click the title 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 YouTube Channel.

For more information on past and upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at www.choice360.org. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.

New Look for Choice Magazine Debuts with September 2016 Issue

Choice September 2016 coverWith the September 2016 issue, Choice will unveil a new cover and interior design, the first such change at the magazine in almost a decade. The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education for over fifty years, 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 magazine 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.” Since then, Choice has expanded coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably the proliferation of new digital and Internet resources. Choice‘s contributions to the academic library community have grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights such as bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and most recently, features devoted to community college libraries, including the editors’ top 75 community college resources list.

The new cover design of Choice reflects an overall rebranding effort begun earlier this year, which includes a new logo and tagline for the Choice publishing unit.

“There have been a number of changes recently at Choice, with several new staffers in place, the launch of the Choice Reviews database this summer, the redesigned and expanded Choice360.org site, and new products on the horizon. We are committed to providing academic librarians with the support and tools they need to do their jobs in today’s changing world of information,” said Mark Cummings, Choice editor and publisher. “It’s an exciting time for us and one that called for a fresh look all around. We are especially proud of the new cover and interior design of Choice. Rest assured, though, that beautiful photographs of academic libraries will still take center stage on our covers moving forward.”

For more on Choice magazine, Choice Reviews, or Choice’s other products and services, please visit www.choice360.org.

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