RCL Call For Reviewers 2020

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Choice/ACRL bibliography of essential titles for undergraduate teaching and research, seeks experienced subject librarians and academic faculty to serve as peer reviewers.

We are currently seeking peer reviewers for the following RCL Arts and Humanities subjects:

  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Classical Languages and Literatures
  • Dance
  • Drama and Theater
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Other Literatures in English
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literatures
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
  • Visual Arts

Reviewers are tasked with assessing the subject collection comprehensively, providing recommendations for editorial improvement and constructive feedback on how well the core title selections support the college curriculum. The RCL peer review can strengthen collection development skills, inform local projects, and build subject expertise. This is a one-time professional service opportunity that can be performed remotely.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a current CV and a brief description of your qualifications, particularly developing or evaluating core collections and/or teaching in the subject area to Anne Doherty, RCL Project Editor adoherty@ala-choice.org. Preference will be given to those who apply by June 1, 2020. We are committed to pursuing equity and inclusion and seek reviewers with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to the RCL work.

Learn more about RCL at: choice360.org/products/resources-for-college-libraries/.


What are the deliverables and deadlines? Reviewers typically produce a 1-2 pp narrative with general recommendations, together with notes on particular titles to add/remove/update. Referee work is scheduled for completion by August 15, 2020.

What is the time commitment? The time commitment may vary based on the size of the subject collection and the reviewer’s knowledge and expertise. Most reviews take 2-3 days to complete, in total.

What materials will I receive? Selected reviewers will receive guidelines, an updated title spreadsheet, the subject taxonomy and scope note, and temporary access to the RCL database to help complete the review.

What are the benefits of participating? Past participants have noted that the review is “thoroughly rewarding” and a “very good collection development exercise.” Reviewers are acknowledged for their service to the professional service and contribution to a Choice/ACRL publications.

If you have additional questions, contact the RCL Project Editor at adoherty@ala-choice.org.