Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
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Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). It includes the magazine Choice as well as other products including the Choice Reviews database. The magazine was established in 1964. It is considered the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. The magazine is headquartered in Middletown, Connecticut.
Reviews are done by scholars. For a print book, they are to be no longer than 190 words, and slightly longer for internet resources.
Scope of influence
Most academic libraries in the United States use Choice and/or Choice Reviews for selecting and purchasing materials.
Reviews are published monthly in Choice magazine and are added in real time to the Choice Reviews subscription database. Choice publishes approximately 500-600 reviews each month in subdisciplines spanning the humanities, science and technology, and the social and behavioral sciences.
Outstanding Academic Titles
Every year, in its January issue, Choice chooses a selection of the books reviewed in the last year as "Outstanding Academic Titles" ("Outstanding Academic Books" until 2000). The selection covers around 10% of the roughly 7000 books reviewed annually. A list of Outstanding Academic Titles may be viewed at the ALA Outstanding Academic Title portal.
- "Book Review Magazines". Book Market. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- John Thomas Gillespie; Ralph J. Folcarelli (1998). Guides to Collection Development for Children and Young Adults. Libraries Unlimited. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-56308-532-1. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- Choice, Outstanding Academic Titles, Retrieved February 24, 2010
- List of Outstanding Academic Titles, ALA.
- ALA Outstanding Academic Title portal, ALA.
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