RCL Call for Reviewers 2022

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. 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. This is a one-time professional service opportunity.  

We are currently seeking referees for the following RCL Social Science and Science + Technology subjects:

Agriculture • Anthropology •  Astronomy • Biology • Business Administration • Chemistry • Communication and Mass Media • Computer Science • Economics • Education • Environmental Sciences • General Science • Geography • Geology • Health Sciences and Medicine • Law • Linguistics • Mathematics • Physics • Political Science • Psychology • Sociology • Sports and Recreation •  Technology and Engineering

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a CV, along with a brief description of subject liaison and/or collection development experience in the discipline, to the RCL Project Editor, Anne Doherty, at adoherty@ala-choice.org. Preference will be given to those who apply by May 20, 2022. We are committed to pursuing equity and inclusion and seek reviewers with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to the RCL work.


What are the deliverables and deadlines? Reviewers typically produce a 1-2 pp memo with general recommendations, together with notes on particular titles to add/remove/update. Referee work is scheduled for completion by August 15, 2022.

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 reviewers spend 7-20 hours, in total.

What materials will I receive? Selected referees will receive guiding prompts, 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? The RCL peer review can strengthen collection development skills, inform local projects, and build subject expertise. Past participants have noted that the review is “thoroughly rewarding,” “very educational,” and “invaluable from a professional development perspective.” 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. To learn more about Resources for College Libraries, a co-publication of Choice/ACRL and ProQuest, visit: choice360.org/products/resources-for-college-libraries/.