American Library Association and Bowker announce the launch of the new Resources for College Libraries (RCL) web site

Contact: Rachel Zippin
Choice Magazine
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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2006

The Association of College and Research Libraries and Bowker announce the launch

of the new Resources for College Libraries (RCL) web site

Middletown, CT -
Choice Magazine, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and R.R. Bowker, publisher of
Books in Print, launched the online edition of the highly anticipated new
Resources for College Libraries (RCL) on September 29, 2006.
RCLweb, a database of hand-selected core titles for academic libraries, will be the successor to the American Library Association's (ALA) classic reference work, "Books for College Libraries, 3rd Edition" (BCL3), which was last published in its third edition in 1988.

More than 350 experts with advanced knowledge in their subject areas put together the core list.
College librarians who have been eagerly awaiting the successor to BCL3 will not have to wait any longer to start receiving the newest information.
Students, faculty, and library staff will all find RCLweb very user-friendly and easy to navigate.
This new web format consists of a core list of 62,000+ books and electronic resources in 58 subject areas, including interdisciplinary topics (a new feature).
Users will be able to create, edit, and save lists, which can then be emailed or downloaded and printed.
RCLweb will also include:

  • Easy searching by a variety of criteria, including author, subject, title, format, audience and LC Classification Number
  • Frequent updates to keep your collection current.
  • Time-saving tools such as the ability to match up to five titles at a time against your library's holdings using Bowker's Hooks to Holdings feature
  • Over 19,000 matching
    Choice reviews
  • Ability to sign up for RCL Alerts, an e-mail service designed to keep users informed of the most recent titles added to the database that meet any pre-selected criteria
  • Record notations of books that have previously appeared in BCL3, or have been reviewed by
  • Organized into a new subject taxonomy created specifically for RCL to correspond to the way the subject matter is presented in the undergraduate classroom

The print edition of RCL will be available as of November 28, 2006.
In addition, RCL content will be available in Bowker's new collection analysis tool, Bowker's Book Analysis System (BBAS), which will be accessible in early November.
Bowker is offering training seminars for help with RCLweb and/or the Book Analysis Tool.
To sign-up for training please visit

For additional information visit

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals.
ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products, and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.
Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Bowker is the world's leading source for bibliographic information.
The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print®, Global Books in Print®, Books in Print IntelliMarket

, Syndetic Solutions

, Pubnet®, PubEasy

, Simba Information

and more.
In the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Bowker also is
the ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry.
Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia.
For more company details, please visit