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May 2017 CALL FOR REVIEWERS -- Resources for College Libraries (RCL) seeks experienced subject librarians and academic faculty to serve as referees for the 2017 peer review of arts and humanities disciplines. Further details and how to apply here.

October 2014 In August and September, editors added over 1800 new titles to RCL and RCL: Career Resources. Find new essential titles across the academic curriculum.

September 2014 Users can now find all general and reference titles by using the Browse function in the RCL database. Each RCL subject has a standardized General and Reference heading, totaling 5400+ RCL titles and 550+ CR titles. Log in to browse and discover core reference titles now.

June 2014 RCL: Career Resources added a new Computer and Information Technology subject including 317 titles across eight subdisciplines: Computer Programming; Computer Simulation, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Development; Databases; Hardware and Software Support; Information Technology Applications; Mobile Computing; Systems Security; and Web Development. The content will be updated and maintained by Dr. Anamika Megwalu of York College, CUNY, and was peer-reviewed prior to publication. The titles highlight the core computing monographs for two-year colleges and programs.

October 2013 The RCL + CR databases have been updated with over 4800 new titles for 2013. RCL editors added 4,774 new resources and RCL: Career Resources editors added 637 new resources. RCL Plus now contains 85,000+ works to support the undergraduates across the liberal arts and vocational college curricula.

September 2013 Bowker, ebrary and Choice Team to Enhance RCL
Improved interface and access via ebrary update the classic collection development tool
ProQuest affiliate Bowker, ProQuest e-book business ebrary and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) uniting to improve the accessibility and utility of Resources for College Libraries (RCL) , the popular collection development tool for academic libraries. Choice and Bowker, whose unique partnership created RCL, have launched a variety of enhancements including a mobile application for the web-based resource, which is used by academic libraries to identify core titles for scores of academic subject areas. Additionally, more than 13,000 RCL titles will now be available on the ebrary platform. “The combination of Choice’s content and Bowker’s technological expertise have made RCL an essential and easy-to-use tool for academic collection development,” said Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, ProQuest Workflow Solutions. “Via the ebrary platform, we’re enabling RCL to directly enhance the research environment by streamlining access to essential titles.” Originally launched in 2006, RCL is a suite of works based on the American Library Association’s classic reference work, Books for College Libraries (BCL). As ebrary collections, universities, colleges, and other institutions can provide their users with anytime, anywhere access to RCL’s essential titles. RCL titles can be browsed by its broad range of subjects -- traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, business, computer science, education, engineering and health sciences – or by publisher. The titles are supported with ebrary’s popular features, such as free mobile apps for the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and Android™, along with InfoTools™, granular usage statistics, and sophisticated searching and navigation. Through ebrary, RCL titles will also be surfaced through the ProQuest® platform and the Summon® service, significantly enhancing its discovery. RCL titles can be purchased as a perpetual archive and enabled for patron-driven acquisition. Via Bowker, the RCL interface has been updated with a simpler browse function, faster search results and improved mobile access through Bowker’s BookWire app, which enables subscribers to login to access book details and add titles to selected lists from any location. RCL also includes RSS feeds for new titles, dynamic facets to help refine search. Content includes the full text of Choice reviews and easy identifiers for Choice Outstanding Academic Titles. Three Bowker subscription options include the traditional RCL collection, which allows libraries to discover and collect over 80,000 essential titles in 61 core subject areas; Resources for College Libraries™: Career Resources (CR), an essential list of 4,500 titles in 56 subject areas covering vocational, technical, and career programs for two-year and four-year undergraduate institutions; and, RCL Plus, which includes both RCL and CR products. About Choice
More than 35,000 academic librarians, faculty, and key decision makers rely on Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection development and scholarly research. Choice, a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), reaches almost every undergraduate college and university library in the United States as well as major academic and research libraries around the world. For more information, visit www.ala.org/acrl/choice.
About ACRL
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research. ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL currently has a membership of approximately 12,600 members, accounting for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership. ACRL provides a broad range of professional services and programs for a diverse membership. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/acrl.
About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary helps customers acquire e-books strategically through a three step approach: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™. The company believes that by challenging the e-book status quo, organizations can effectively serve the diverse and growing needs of researchers and maximize their budgets. Founded in 1999, long before e-books were popular, ebrary is a ProQuest business located in Palo Alto, CA, USA.
About Bowker® (www.bowker.com)
Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience, the company also generates research and resources for publishers, helping them understand and meet the interests of readers worldwide. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The company is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with additional operations in England and Australia.

June 2013 ACRL and CHOICE seek peer reviewers for core bibliography Resources for College Libraries (RCL), a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Choice magazine and R.R. Bowker, is currently seeking librarians and academic faculty to serve as peer reviewers for the following subject areas:
**Agriculture, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Environmental Sciences, General Science, Geography, Geology, Health Sciences and Medicine, Journalism and Communication, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sports and Recreation, Technology and Engineering**
RCL is a subscription database that identifies 80,000+ titles across 61 subjects that are essential for research and instruction at the undergraduate level. Available online at http://rclinfo.net, RCL provides a list of core titles that are essential for undergraduate libraries. Referees will be responsible for comprehensively evaluating the RCL subject’s bibliographic content, along with its taxonomic organization. All referee work is scheduled for completion by August 15, 2013 and can be completed online and at your leisure. Referees will receive access to the RCL database to complete the review. Please consider submitting your name to participate in this one-time professional service opportunity. Preference will be given to those with experience in collection development and/or teaching in the subject area. To volunteer as a reviewer, send an email to Anne Doherty with your contact information, CV, and a brief description of your qualifications, particularly any experience maintaining or assessing core collections in the subject area. For more information about RCL, visit: http://rclinfo.net. Contact: Anne Doherty
Project Editor, Resources for College Libraries
March 2013 Each of the ten RCL: Career Resources career divisions now contains a General, Reference, and Career subject so that users can easily find reference and career-related materials. Log into the RCL database or subscribe today to browse the new listings, featuring nearly 500 cross-referenced titles. February 2013 RCL editors updated and added over 1500 titles to RCL between October 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013. January 2013 Welcome to new RCL editors: Jeremy Darrington (Political Science; Princeton University), Dianne Dietrich (Astronomy; Cornell University), and Janalyn Moss (US and Canadian History; University of Iowa). You can view the full RCL editorial roster here. October 2012 The RCL + CR database has been updated with over 4500 new titles for 2012 and now contains 80,000+ works to support the undergraduate curriculum at two and four-year instiutions. September 2012 This summer, taxonomic reorganizations were completed in the following RCL subjects: African American Studies; Dance; Film Studies; Latin American History; Middle Eastern History, Languages, and Literatures; Philosophy. August 2012 Peer reviewers wrapped up comprehensive evaluations of RCL’s History and Interdisciplinary Area Subjects, submitting useful feedback to editors on refining RCL’s core collection. June 2012 Take RCL with you into the stacks! Bowker launched a new mobile app for RCL subscribers, available here for iPhone (iOS4.0 and later) users. May 2012 Twenty peer reviewers completed a comprehensive review of all RCL: Career Resources content, giving critical feedback to the CR editorial team. View the CR editorial and referee rosters here. April 2012 This month, Bowker and CHOICE hosted a webinar entitled “Collecting to the Core” covering some of the essential features of the Resources for College Libraries database. March 2012 Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources (CR) editors added over 180 new titles to the list of essential resources for technical, community, and vocational college libraries. Log in or sign up today to check out the newest selections for CR. February 2012 RCL, CR, and RCL Plus feature a new and improved advanced search page with the ability to browse by Library of Congress and Dewey classification, as well as limiters for Choice reviews, Choice OATs, date added to RCL, and more. Check out the new features and new content. January 2012 Welcome to new RCL and CR editors: Roberto Delgadillo, Jon Harrison, Hemalatha Ramachandran, and Suzanne Schadl. View the full RCL editorial roster here and the CR editorial roster here. December 2011 RCLweb version 1.0 is retired on December 31, 2011, as RCLweb users switch to the new version 2.0 database platform. Learn more about the RCLweb 2.0 features here. November 2011 Choice, Bowker, and an RCL user collaborate to discuss Resources for College Libraries in “Publishing Partnerships: Why, When, and How Collaboration Sometimes Trumps Competition” at the Charleston Conference. View the presentation slides here. October 2011 Over 2,300 new essential titles were added to RCL + CR during the summer revision. Check out more new content at RCLweb. September 2011 Referees completed the external peer review of RCL’s Arts and Humanities disciplines. View the RCL referee roster here. August 2011 Welcome to Elizabeth Sheehan, the new Criminal Justice and Law editor for RCL: Career Resources. July 2011 Over 1200 new essential titles were added to the RCL collection in the arts and humanities. June 2011 RCLweb version 2.0 launched in beta at the American Library Association Annual conference in New Orleans. April 2011 Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources (CR) editors added over 150 new titles to the list of essential resources for technical, community, and vocational college libraries. Log in or sign up today to check out the newest selections for CR. March 2011 Several new subject specialists joined the RCL editorial team in the new year, including: Summer Durrant (Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne), Carla Heister (Yale University), and Timothy Johnson (New York University). You can view the full list of RCL subject editors here.