For immediate release | January 22, 2013

Choice Reviews Online - CRO3 launches

Middletown, Conn.For almost 50 years, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries has been the premier source of academic book reviews in higher education. A publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), Choice currently reviews more than 7,000 new academic books, electronic media and Internet resources annually, reaching almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States, with its timely, authoritative, concise and easy to use reviews. More than 35,000 librarians, faculty and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research. Now, Choice is pleased to present the latest version of its acclaimed electronic platform, Choice Reviews Online - CRO3. Current CRO2 subscribers will have full access to CRO3 in February and will be receiving instructions on making the switch.

Since its launch in the spring of 1999, Choice Reviews Online has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of its readership. Now the third and latest version Choice Reviews Online, CRO3, introduces a plethora of new features, beginning with a state-of-the-art HighWire Press platform, in addition to major updates and improvements to the features and functionality that have made it a favorite discovery and reference tool for its thousands of loyal users. Never before has there been a faster, more flexible way to access the more than 172,000 Choice reviews and editorial content from Choice magazine, including forthcoming titles lists, Outstanding Academic Titles (OATs), editorials, bibliographic essays and feature articles, as well as exclusive online content.

“At Choice, it has always been our goal to present the highest quality review coverage to the academic library community. But providing that coverage and complementary content in ways that are valuable to our busy readers is more important than ever and has required us to re-imagine elements of Choice Reviews Online,” said Choice Editor and Publisher Irving Rockwood. “CRO3 is our response to the changing needs of our readership: a tool that is clearly more useful, flexible, and powerful than ever.”

Launching in time for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, CRO3 will be available for demonstrations in the Choice booth ( #2200). To sign up for a free trial of Choice Reviews Online – CRO3, please visit the Choice website.

For more information, contact Laura Mullen at or (203) 569-9933.



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.


David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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