Association of College & Research Libraries and Bowker Renew Partnership Behind Resources for College Libraries

by | Apr 5, 2011 | 0 comments

Bowker, a member of the ProQuest family of companies, and Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), have renewed the unique partnership that created Resources for College Libraries (RCL), a suite of works based on the American Library Association’s classic reference work, Books for College Libraries(BCL). RCL’s web-based tools enable academic libraries to access recommended titles and create a core collection of print and electronic titles that are fundamental to successful academic libraries.

“We’re delighted to continue this great relationship that brings together Choice’s excellent content and Bowker’s technological expertise” said Sharon Lubrano, ProQuest vice-president and Bowker General Manager.

Like its predecessor, Books for College Libraries, RCL is a comprehensive list of bibliographic resources that allows libraries to confidently assess the strength of their collection and select core titles to support both two and four year undergraduate programs. Unlike BCL, RCL includes electronic as well as print resources, all hand-picked by an expert team of subject editors selected and supervised by Choice. Regularly updated since its initial launch in the fall of 2006, the RCL list now includes more than 70,000 monographs, reference works, and textbooks, as well as electronic resources. The RCL product family currently includes both RCL Web, a core list for the traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, and RCL Career Resources, designed to support vocational and technical programs typically found at two-year institutions.

Each of the products is accessed through the RCL web site which enables easy searching by a variety of criteria, including author, subject, title, format, audience, and LC Classification Number, and also matches works to Choice’s renowned, in-depth reviews. Time-saving tools include a look-up feature that tracks items to the library’s catalog, using Bowker’s Hooks to Holdings feature. The content, which is consistently updated, can be manipulated by users enabling them to create, edit, and save lists that can then be emailed or downloaded and printed. Later this spring, Bowker and ACRL will release Version 2.0 of RCL and RCL- CR, featuring a completely redesigned interface and many new end user features, including commenting and tagging.

The partnership between Choice and Bowker has also led to the development of Bowker Book Analysis System™, an easy-to-use tool that allows libraries to compare their collections to RCL recommended titles, making it easy to spot literature gaps and then, find the right titles to fill them. “The success of RCL, and the forthcoming release of a completely revised and updated family of RCL products is proof positive of the enduring value of the Bowker-ACRL partnership,” said Irving Rockwood, Editor and Publisher of Choice. “We are delighted by today’s announcement and look forward to continuing this unique and successful relationship.”

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