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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 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

The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations

SARAL cover smallACRL announces the publication of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations. Edited by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Deborah Tritt, the work provides practical tips and techniques for this unique subset of librarians.

Small and rural academic libraries struggle with a particular set of technological and institutional barriers—tight budgets, stagnant salaries, small staff, and limited access to current technologies can prevent these active academic librarians from fully participating in professional development. Feelings of isolation, concerns about institutional support, and worries about the perception of the LIS profession within the community can also be issues.

Through the use of case studies, research, and practical interviews, The Small and Rural Academic Library explores how academic librarians in such environments can keep pace with, create, and improve modern library practices and services, network with colleagues, and access continuing education and professional development opportunities. Additionally, this book acts as a resource on matters of human resources and management concerns that are unique to LIS professionals and paraprofessionals who serve at small campuses and in rural communities.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick is Assistant Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, where she has expanded outreach, grown instruction, introduced and promoted teaching and learning technologies, and implemented data collection and scholarship curation initiatives on her small campus. Deborah Tritt is an instruction/reference librarian and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Aiken’s Gregg-Graniteville Library. She is also the archivist for the Gregg-Graniteville Archives and oversees the library’s digital collections.

The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Choice and The Charleston Company announce collaboration on new online review resource for academic databases

Choice and The Charleston Company have announced plans to collaborate on a new reference product, an online review source for academic databases and digital resources, with the working name of CC Advisor. CC Advisor will be published on the database platform recently launched at Choice.

The goal is to unveil a working prototype at the Charleston Conference in November and to launch in time for the ACRL 2017 conference to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore.

Important facts:

  • Editorial efforts will be spearheaded by The Charleston Advisor team.
  • The new product will offer enhanced and updated reviews from The Charleston Advisor archive.
  • New and revised reviews will be added monthly and commissioned especially for the work.
  • Design plans for CC Advisor include a user-friendly interface, extensive search and retrieval functionality, and improved navigation.
  • Updating will be continuous.
  • An enhanced “competitive analysis” section and an “on the fly” database comparison option will make CC Advisor unique.

Chas_Co_logo“Choice and The Charleston Advisor have long been known for their thoughtful peer reviews,” said Choice editor and publisher Mark Cummings. “Teaming up on this new database was a natural progression for us both. CC Advisor will bring a powerful, trustworthy new voice to the evaluation of academic databases.”

CC Advisor will be 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 can’t wait for 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 CC Advisor platform, which will allow us to keep them up-to-date and accessible to a wider audience of library professionals,” said Rebecca Lenzini, president of The Charleston Company.


About Choice

Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association. Founded in 1964, Choice has for over 50 years been the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education.  Please visit Choice at for more information.

About The Charleston Company

Founded in 1999, The Charleston Company is the publisher of The Charleston Report, a bi-monthly newsletter summarizing major trends of interest to collection managers, publishers and intermediaries, and The Charleston Advisor, a quarterly journal providing peer-reviewed reviews of online databases, tools and applications offered to libraries worldwide. The company also sponsors the Fiesole Retreat Series, an international meeting examining issues and progress in the field of scholarly communication.

College & Research Libraries – July 2016

crl squareThe July 2016 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.


Wendi Arant Kaspar. “An Introduction.”


Christopher W. Belter and Neal K. Kaske. “Using Bibliometrics to Demonstrate the Value of Library Journal Collections.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Brian K. Kooy. “Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise through Social Media: An Exploratory Study.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Paula R. Dempsey. “‘Are You a Computer?’ Opening Exchanges in Virtual Reference Shape the Potential for Teaching.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Christine Fruin and Shan Sutton. “Strategies for Success: Open Access Policies at North American Educational Institutions.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Yi Shen. “Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Julie Gilbert. “Heroes and Holidays: The Status of Diversity Initiatives at Liberal Arts College Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Emily P. Frank and Nils Pharo. “Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Jen Hoyer. Where Are All the Librarians of Color? The Experiences of People of Color in Academia. Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juárez, eds. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2016. 352p. Paper, $35.00 (ISBN: 978-1936117833). Full Text (PDF).

Kelli Johnson. Michelle Reale. Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2016. 128p. Paper, $54.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1367-3). Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Is Digital Different? How Information Creation, Capture, Preservation and Discovery Are Being Transformed. Michael Moss, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, and Marc J. Dupuis, eds. London: Facet Publishing, 2015. 224p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-85604-854-5). Full Text (PDF).

Ryan Litsey. Nigel Ford. Introduction to Information Behavior. London (UK): Facet Publishing, 2015. 224p. Paper, $85.00 (ISBN-13 978-1-85604-850-7). Full Text (PDF).

Michael R. Mitchell. Monty L. McAdoo. The Student’s Survival Guide to Research. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. 232p. Paper, $58.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1276-8). Full Text (PDF).

Mary E. O’Dea. Theresa Willingham and Jeroen De Boer. Makerspaces in Libraries. Library Technology Essentials; 4. Ellyssa Kroski, ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 142p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-5300-1). OCLC: 906121721. Full Text (PDF).

ACRL Releases Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

Databrarianship coverACRL announces the publication of Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. Edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson, the work provides advice and insight on data services for all types of academic libraries and library educators.

Data service has become a critically important topic for academic libraries with the appearance of big data, open data, and particularly research data curation. Drawing on the expertise of a diverse community of practitioners, this nearly 400-page collection of case studies, original research, survey chapters, and theoretical explorations presents a wide-ranging look at the field of academic data librarianship.

By covering the data lifecycle from collection development to preservation, examining the challenges of working with different forms of data, and exploring service models suited to a variety of library types, this volume provides a toolbox of strategies that will allow librarians and administrators to respond creatively and effectively to the data deluge.

Lynda Kellam is the Data Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries. Kristi Thompson is the Data Librarian at the University of Windsor and currently heads the systems department. Before coming to the University of Windsor in 2006, she was a Data Services Specialist at Princeton University, and she has also worked as a freelance digital librarian and web developer.

Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store;; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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