Rachel Hendrick has been named editor and publisher of Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL. Hendrick joined ALA in 2014 as operations manager at Choice and was promoted to director of operations at Choice in April 2016. She was named interim editor and publisher of Choice in April 2022.
Hendrick began her career in publishing at LIFE magazine as a photo researcher. While in New York, she worked at various national and international publishing houses including Readers Digest, Conde Nast, and Sotheby’s auction house. Since joining the Choice team, Hendrick has been a pivotal force in reshaping Choice’s operations and content to meet the needs of twenty-first century librarianship. She was metadata lead on the redesign of Choice Reviews, has initiated many cost-saving initiatives including the move to a new subscription and fulfillment vendor, and was project lead on the relaunched Choice360.org as a destination for all of Choice’s open access content. As part of this site redesign, she worked with the Choice team to launch two blogs: Toward Inclusive Excellence (TIE), which focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion; and LibTech Insights (LTI) which delivers actionable advice for librarians and tech professionals across academe.
In addition to her professional knowledge of publishing, Hendrick brings an expertise in librarianship to the position. In 2012, she earned a master’s degree in library and information science, with a concentration in Rare Books and Special Collections, from Long Island University and, in 2023, received her master’s in history from the University of Connecticut. Hendrick also holds a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from the Pratt Institute where she studied art history.