Be Choosy: Choose Library Books Based on Choice (Outstanding Academic Titles)

Technology | May 09, 2017

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Librarians can rely on the annual Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list when selecting books. Learn more about how these titles are selected and made available from the GOBI® Choice Program.

Academic librarians have a wealth of resources they can use to find the best books for their libraries, but one resource that they can always rely on is the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list. Published each January, this prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed each year by Choice. Bill Mickey, Editorial Director of Choice, explains how the titles on the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list are selected:

Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles list, appearing in print and online every January, is one of the most highly anticipated features we publish. Finalists are selected through a rigorous, year-long process that evaluates titles based on an exacting list of criteria that includes overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, and, when applicable, distinction as a first treatment of a subject in print or digital format. The prestige of making the list is amplified by the fact that only about 10 percent of the 6,000 titles Choice reviews each year are selected as Outstanding Titles.

In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles:

  • Overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • Importance relative to other literature in the field
  • Distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • Originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • Value to undergraduate students
  • Importance in building undergraduate library collections

Now, with the new GOBI® Choice Program, it's even easier to order Choice Outstanding Academic titles. Choose to get titles auto-shipped or review titles in GOBI based on LC class, and save time spent searching for and ordering expert-recommended books.

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