Each year Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL, announces the editors’ selections of the best academic nonfiction titles reviewed during the year just ended. Selection as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title is a recognition of the work’s excellence and scholarly significance by the academic library community’s oldest and most prestigious review publication.
New this year, Choice editors will release the list in December, a month earlier than previously, thereby aligning the award with other annual retrospective and “best-of” reading lists. At the same time, Choice is again poised to present a weekly series of sneak peeks into the Outstanding Academic Titles list. In the coming months an ongoing series of specially created mini-lists will provide fascinating points of entry into the full list.
Reflecting on the decision to continue releasing select portions of the list again this year, Bill Mickey, Choice Editorial Director remarked, “The list is of great utility to our academic library subscribers, but we also see an opportunity to share recognition of these works with a wider cross-section of professionals, faculty, and like-minded readers in and around the academy. After all, who doesn’t like a good book?”
Visit the Choice website to read the themed selections of the 2019 OATs—featuring themes such as top 10 titles, subject-specific titles, or timely collections. There you may also sign up for a weekly OAT eNewsletter to receive these curated lists directly into your inbox.