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Top Outstanding Academic Titles picks for 2014 announced by Choice editors

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT – The Choice subject editors recognize the most significant titles reviewed each  calendar year by compiling the “Outstanding Academic Titles” (OAT) list, which is published each January in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.  As a special preview to the full 2014 list, which will appear in the January 2015 issue, the Choice subject editors have selected from among the 2014 list their favorites for the following “Top 25 Books” and “Top 10 Internet Resources” lists.

Rightsizing the academic library collection

CHICAGO — Is your institution’s library bursting at the seams with books that have not been touched for decades, microfilm that nobody uses and print journals that have been superseded by electronic access? Have you wondered how best to identify what physical material to retain and what to withdraw to maintain an inviting collection of relevant material for your users? Then it’s time to rightsize!

A guide to using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics

CHICAGO — Both the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) provide important data services. For library managers and administrators, the key to the data’s usefulness is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information to managing a library and improving accountability. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan and Joseph R.

Warm up with a thought-provoking ACRL-Choice webinar this winter

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market is back with a hot new roster of topics and speakers, sure to stoke the embers of discussion this winter.  Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live, interactive webinars which provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans. 

Enter Your Best Choice contest, win a trip to ALA Annual

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), recently announced the launch of its Your Best Choice contest, a call for ideas on how Choice can provide new products and/or services for the academic library community.  The winner will receive airfare, accommodations and registration to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

ACRL releases New Roles for the Road Ahead for public comment

CHICAGO — As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of an initial version of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary.” The association invites and encourages public comment and discussion on the collection, authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven Bell, Lorcan Dempsey and Barbara Fister, through a CommentPress website.

ALA and ACRL respond to Eleventh Circuit Court’s encouraging “fair use” decision in Georgia State University case

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed down an important decision in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al. concerning the permissible "fair use" of copyrighted works in electronic reserves for academic courses. Although publishers sought to bar the uncompensated excerpting of copyrighted material for "e-reserves," the court rejected all such arguments and provided new guidance in the Eleventh Circuit for how "fair use" determinations by educators and librarians should best be made.

Mark Shelton named C&RL Book Review Editor

CHICAGO – Mark Shelton of Harvard University has been appointed to the post of Book Review Editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Shelton will serve a three-year term as Book Review Editor beginning immediately.

Apply now to host 2015 ACRL Scholarly Communication Road Shows

CHICAGO – Today's academic and research librarians increasingly act as change agents in the higher education community. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of open access and scholarly communication. To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system, ACRL is once again taking its popular scholarly “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop on the road to five locations in 2015.

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