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Choice and The Charleston Company Launch ccAdvisor

ccAdvisorChoice and The Charleston Company today announced the launch of ccAdvisor, an online review source for information databases and digital resources. Itself a database, ccAdvisor draws upon the traditions of objectivity and scholarly excellence that characterize both Choice and The Charleston Advisor to create the source for the evaluation and selection of digital resources for libraries.

In these tough budget times and with hundreds if not thousands of resources for libraries to choose from, Choice and The Charleston Company have collaborated to create an authoritative and ground-breaking tool that evaluates databases and digital resources. Choice and The Charleston Advisor are well-known and highly respected review sources, and ccAdvisor builds on the architecture of both to present an entirely new product that is faceted, allowing users to filter by subject, type of resource, target audience, or access type (open, subscription, one-time purchase, hybrid), to compile and export lists, save searches, and set alerts. Better yet, the database allows users to construct side-by-side comparison tables of their own. Launching now, ccAdvisor contains 300 reviews and will see at least 200 new reviews added in the first year.

Rather than a digital edition of the reviews in the Advisor or Choice Reviews, ccAdvisor is an entirely new product.  Because it is a database, not simply an archive of reviews, the information in ccAdvisor will be continuously updated and remain current through round after round of product upgrades and successor versions of standing works.

As Choice Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings notes, ccAdvisor is more than simply a selection tool. “Because it also reviews open-access resources, public websites, and tools, the work is an all-purpose guide for students and faculty looking to rapidly assess the scope and quality of resources needed for their research. ccAdvisor brings a powerful new voice to the evaluation of information databases.”

ccAdvisor is 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’m excited about 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 ccAdvisor platform, which allows us to keep them up-to-date and accessible to a wider audience of library professionals,” added Rebecca Lenzini, president of The Charleston Company.

More information on ccAdvisor, including how to register for a free trial, is available by visiting the Choice 360 website.

Choice to Launch Authority File – new sponsored podcast on academic librarianship

The Authority FileChoice has announced the launch of a new, sponsored podcast featuring conversations about academic libraries and librarianship, set to kick off Monday, July 31. The Authority File: a Choice podcast will feature weekly episodes in formats to include  author/editor conversations about new books and products, thought-leadership interviews and discussions, and technology and product case studies. Hosted by Choice editorial director Bill Mickey, The Authority File is part of the suite of new content marketing options Choice offers to sponsors and advertisers through Choice Custom Studios.

The first four Authority File episodes center on an hour-long conversation with Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan, editors of The First-Year Experience Cookbook (ACRL 2017). The discussion ranges widely, covering each of the speaker’s careers and the general state of first-year experience librarianship.

 “Choice has long been well known for quality reviews and bibliographic essays. We’re now pleased to provide engaging content for the academic library community in a new and accessible format,” says Choice editor and publisher Mark Cummings. “The Authority File will be the perfect accompaniment to our popular ACRL-Choice webinar series.”

The Authority File will be available on Choice’s website, and directly via iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. It will also be accessible on the free ACRL-Choice app, available at the App store and Google Play.

To discuss becoming an Authority File sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Summer 2017 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 hour-long interactive sponsored webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

For summer 2017, the ACRL-Choice webinar program presents a diverse selection of subjects and experts. Click on each program title for more information and to register.

ACRL-Choice webinars offer a free and convenient 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 upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Call for Reviewers—Resources for College Libraries

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Choice/ACRL bibliography of essential titles for undergraduate teaching and research, seeks experienced subject librarians and academic faculty to serve as referees for the peer review of its arts and humanities disciplines. Referees are tasked with reviewing the subject bibliography comprehensively for breadth and depth, providing recommendations for editorial improvement. Continuously updated, RCL includes over 85,000 resources in 61 curriculum-specific areas and is a co-publication of Choice/ACRL and ProQuest. Learn more about RCL on the bibliography website.

Subject Disciplines

American Literature :: British Literature :: Classical Languages and Literatures :: Dance :: Drama and Theater :: French Language and Literature :: General Language and Literature :: Germanic Languages and Literatures :: Italian Language and Literature :: Music :: Other Literatures in English :: Philosophy :: Religion :: Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literatures :: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures :: Visual Arts

How to Apply

Choice/ACRL encourages individuals with experience selecting for academic collections and/or teaching undergraduates to apply. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please submit a brief description of your relevant background, along with your résumé or CV to Anne Doherty (, RCL Project Editor. Preference will be given to those who apply by June 1, 2017.

Find further details and FAQs are available on the RCL website.

Gina Kessler Lee Wins Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? Contest

Gina Kessler LeeGina Kessler Lee, information literacy librarian at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California, has been chosen as winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest.

Launched in December 2016, the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest solicited ideas on how the Choice Reviews database might be used in instruction and research, particularly in hands-on ways that librarians might present it as a useful tool to faculty and students undertaking research. In early March, a panel of judges at Choice met and reviewed the submissions, considering the merits of each based on the benefit to students and/or faculty research, overall importance of the proposed initiative, and practicality. One winning submission was chosen.

Gina Kessler Lee’s winning submission, “Select, Annotate, and Critique: An English Honors Thesis Project Using Choice Reviews,” presented an assignment that would enable students to use Choice Reviews to identify the most authoritative books on their chosen topic; create a LibGuide summarizing, comparing, and contrasting the books and articles they found; and—based on their findings—to critique the library’s collection of books on their topic and submit a recommendation to the librarian of titles to purchase.

“We were impressed with how Gina’s idea involved the student, librarian, and faculty advisor, and using Choice Reviews as an interactive tool, which is very much in line with how we encourage the database to be used,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “Using CR to find the best sources on a given topic, learning how to organize those sources into a LibGuide in the style of a Choice Bibliographic Essay, and ultimately making collection development recommendations to the librarian are valuable growth opportunities for students – and great ways to utilize Choice Reviews.”

The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education, Choice Reviews is a publication of ACRL, a division of the American Library Association. The database published its 200,000th review earlier this month.

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