Wallace Library adds CHOICE reviews to Online Public Access Catalog

Contact: Irving Rockwood,

860-347-6933, ext.119


For Immediate Release

May 2002

Wallace Library adds CHOICE reviews to Online Public Access Catalog

CHOICE, a leading academic review journal, announced that Wallace Library at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has become the latest academic library to license CHOICE reviews for inclusion in its Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). As a result of this initiative, all Wallace patrons - faculty, staff, students and walk-ins - now have seamless point and click access to the CHOICE reviews of titles included in the OPAC and reviewed by CHOICE since September 1988.

The addition of CHOICE reviews was made possible by CHOICE's recent alliance with Syndetic Solutions, Inc., of Portland. As a result of this new partnership, libraries are now able to license the entire CHOICE review database - 80,000+ CHOICE reviews dating from September 1988 - plus monthly updates for inclusion in their OPAC. Libraries can update through Syndetic Solutions or through their ILS vendor. Participating ILS vendors include:

  • Brodart Automation
  • DRA
  • Endeavor epixtech Ex Libris/SFX Gaylord Information Systems
  • Geac
  • Innovative Interfaces
  • Sirsi
  • VTLS

Chandra McKenzie, acting director of RIT's Wallace Library, stated "These enhancements bring a new dimension to our online catalog and patron reactions have been very positive."

A reference librarian at Wallace Library said, "In a recent class demo, we looked at a few records and the information provided by Syndetics. Both the students and the professor were very impressed."

Another librarian enthusiastically recalled using the new OPAC content to solve a patron's problem. "I recommended a specific book title to the patron, but it was listed in the online catalog as 'in process.' I clicked on the 'Additional Information' button in the catalog record, and read the review, which clued me in to the fact that the book in question was a follow-up to another book we did own. This 'link' from one title to another would never have been made (certainly not made as quickly) without this enhanced information!"

McKenzie summarizes these first impressions by saying, "Wallace Library has always sought to be innovative and results-oriented. If these testimonials are typical of patrons' reactions to what we are now providing in our online catalog, then I consider our decision an unqualified success." Irving Rockwood, CHOICE editor and publisher, noted that, "We are delighted Wallace Library has chosen to add CHOICE reviews to its Online Public Access Catalog. Making our reviews available for inclusion in library OPAC's has been a major objective here at CHOICE for the past several years. As we ultimately realized, the task was too large for CHOICE to tackle alone. The solution proved to be a partnership, in this case with Syndetic Solutions, Inc. We commend the Wallace staff for their initiative in providing this new service to their customers."

Established in 1964, CHOICE publishes reviews of over 6,500 new books and Internet sources annually, making it one of the most comprehensive English language review journals available today. CHOICE is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Interested libraries are urged to contact any of the ILS vendors listed above or visit the Syndetic Solutions, Inc. Web site at