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.