RCL: Overview
Resources for College Libraries (RCL) is the essential bibliography for four-year undergraduate institutions. It covers over 80,000 works across 61 curriculum-specific subject headings, offering a recommended core collection for all academic libraries. RCL is the successor to Books for College Libraries, third edition (BCL3), and concentrates on the traditional liberal arts and sciences college curriculum. RCL’s carefully considered selections are works identified as most necessary for teaching undergraduates, including both print and electronic resources essential for academic study. Expanded coverage now includes interdisciplinary areas, with distinctive RCL subject language and hierarchies that parallel the undergraduate curriculum. The redesigned online database offers both professional researchers and beginning students an easy-to-use interface and discovery features for exploring content. The credible content in RCL is maintained and regularly updated by a team of knowledgeable subject specialists and undergoes comprehensive peer review, so you can trust that you’ll find what you really need, expertly evaluated. RCL has a variety of uses: it is consulted by faculty adapting to new curricula, by student researchers, by librarians for collection development purposes, and by colleges and accrediting agencies. Resources for College Libraries data is now included as a qualitative component in Intota™ Assessment, a collection development tool that allows libraries to assess collection holdings, usage, and impact across print and electronic formats.