Outstanding Academic Titles

About the Outstanding Academic Titles This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

This award is given out on an annual basis.


Books and or electronic resources must have been reviewed by Choice in the previous year.

Application Instructions

To submit a book for review by Choice, please go to:


Contact Information

Mark Cummings (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) - mcummings@ala.org
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections