For immediate release | March 6, 2012

Modern Language Association members to receive complimentary access to CHOICE reviews

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. - The Modern Language Association (MLA) and Choice, the leading academic review journal, today announced a pilot project to provide MLA members with complimentary access to Choice reviews.

During the pilot phase, all MLA members will receive free and full access to Choice Reviews Online (CRO) through a link from the members-only portion of the MLA website ( There they will find more than 160,000 reviews of carefully selected scholarly titles published since September 1988, including the more than 600 new reviews published by Choice each month. In addition, all MLA members who register with CRO will receive a monthly e-mail bulletin alerting them to new reviews in language and literature.

Irving Rockwood, Choice editor and publisher, expressed enthusiasm for the new project. “This is an exciting endeavor we are embarking on today,” Rockwood noted. “It affords Choice the opportunity to provide quality reviews in the literature and language areas to MLA members, thereby bringing valuable content to a not-for-profit organization that does not have its own review outlet, while also raising Choice’s visibility with MLA members who may not have been previously familiar with what we offer. We are very happy to be partnering with the MLA and look forward to a mutually beneficial arrangement.”

“We’re delighted to work with Choice on this project, which will give MLA members access to a wide range of reviews of the scholarship in their fields,” added MLA Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal. “Choice’s extensive collection is sure to be an important resource for our members.”

As the leading academic and scholarly book review journal, Choice keeps up with the output of scholarly books across the entire liberal arts and sciences curriculum, publishing more than 7,000 reviews of new scholarly books and electronic resources each year. Language and literature is one of Choice’s most active areas; each year, it publishes approximately 700 reviews of new language and literature titles. All told, Choice Reviews Online currently houses approximately 16,000 reviews of language and literature titles, along with a number of language- and literature-related editorial features.

For further information, please contact:

Choice: Laura Mullen, Publicity, Choice, 575 Main Street, Suite 300, Middletown, CT 06457, 203.569.9933,

MLA: Rosemary G. Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association, 26 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10004-1789, 646.576.5102,



Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Founded in 1963, Choice has been the premier review journal for scholarly publications for nearly 50 years and is the leading North American source for reviews of new scholarly books and electronic resources.

About Modern Language Association

The Modern Language Association of America and its 30,000 members in 100 countries work to strengthen the study and teaching of languages and literature. Founded in 1883, the MLA provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. The MLA sustains one of the finest publication programs in the humanities, producing a variety of publications for language and literature professionals and for the general public. More information on MLA programs is available at


David Free