Call for Editors – Choice/ACRL Core Collections

Are you passionate about collection services for community college libraries? Do you want to apply your subject selector skills to a Choice/ACRL publication? Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources, the core title list of essential works for the two-year college curriculum, is inviting applicants for two career subject clusters:

  • Criminal Justice and Law (covering Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Court Reporting, and Paralegal Studies
  • Human Services (covering Social and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, and Funeral Services)

Subject editors are responsible for the ongoing editorial development of the core collection, with responsibilities including:

  • Selecting new works, including select web resources
  • Updating, reviewing, and weeding current selections
  • Integrating peer review recommendations
  • Maintaining and refining the subject taxonomy, with attention to advancements in scholarship and the curriculum

RCL: Career Resources is a continuously-updated, peer-reviewed database that includes over 60 subjects across 11 career clusters, identifying approximately 4,500 titles most necessary for supporting students in vocational or workforce programs. Successful subject editors balance broad and deep subject knowledge, familiarity with the community college curriculum, and discerning judgment to maintain a bibliography of current and canonical works for academic libraries. This role involves a time commitment of approximately 20-30 hours/year, with flexible deadlines and remote workflow. This is a professional research service opportunity; subject editors also receive an honorarium for annual service.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, along with a brief description of experience managing subject collections in the discipline(s), to Anne Doherty, RCL Project Editor, at adoherty@ala-choice.org. Learn more about RCL: Career Resources on the Choice 360 website.