Outstanding Academic Title

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According to the American Library Association, the prestigious Outstanding Academic Titles list "reflects the best in scholarly titles... and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community." [1]

Every year, in its January issue, 'Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, or simply 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.[2] Choice, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is often cited as the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

Most academic libraries in the United States use Choice for selecting and purchasing materials. According to the ACRL, Choice reaches 22,000 librarians and an estimated 13,000 higher education faculty in almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States, along with many larger public libraries, and special and governmental libraries.

Reviews are published monthly in Choice magazine and ChoiceReviews.online. Choice publishes approximately 7,000 reviews per year in 50 subdisciplines spanning the humanities, science and technology, and the social and behavioral sciences. Selections for Outstanding Academic Titles are determined by scholars who act as experts in their respective fields of study and who do not receive payment for their reviews. A list of Outstanding Academic Titles may be viewed at the ALA Outstanding Academic Title portal.


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