Reference librarian Rebecca Kohn named winner of the Your Best Choice contest

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/06/2015


Laura Mullen

Marketing Manager


MIDDLETOWN, CONN.  Choice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, today announced San Jose State University reference librarian Rebecca Kohn as the winner of its “Your Best Choice” contest.  As contest winner, Kohn will be the recipient of a trip to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The goal of “Your Best Choice” was to solicit innovative and forward-thinking ideas for how Choice can contribute to information discovery, access, evaluation, retrieval and use by librarians, educators and students.   Kohn’s submission centered on the potential value of Choice as a discovery tool for end users, and how adding an “export to bibliographic manager” option to Choice Reviews Online could enable librarians to communicate with students within citation management tools, thereby introducing them to powerful information literacy skills—specifically, how to negotiate the evaluative process of choosing sources.  By providing students with direct access to reviews that describe the scope and purpose of a source, librarians—and Choice—could provide students with a critical introduction to the world of knowledge.

A reference librarian with instruction and collection-development experience in the humanities generally, and art and design specifically, Kohn’s BA is from DePaul University and her MALS from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She has been a librarian at the University of South Carolina and James Madison University and is presently a librarian at San Jose State University in the joint university and City of San Jose’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.  Kohn has been a reader of Choice since 1993. 

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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 ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl