Category Archives: Choice

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.

Francine Graf of Choice Receives RUSA’s Louis Shores Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing

Francine Graf, managing editor at Choice, has been selected for the 2014 Louis Shores Award. Awarded by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), The award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, Choice , a unit of ACRL, reviews resources for academic audiences. Graf has worked at Choice since 1982 and has made outstanding contributions to reviewing. During her tenure at Choice, Graf has been a true leader. Graf has been instrumental in Choice Reviews Online from its first iteration. Graf has worked diligently to increase the scope of and access to Choice. Graf was the driving force behind the inclusion of database and website reviews in Choice, she initiated the Internet Resources Newsletter, created the monthly “5 Great Books” feature, and has worked to provide free Choice reviews through social media outlets. Additionally, she is someone her colleagues and readers of Choice continually rely on for guidance and inspiration.

Graf will be presented with the award at the RUSA Achievement Awards at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. More information on the award is available in the RUSA press release.

Congratulations to Fran from her colleagues at ACRL!

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