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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Call for Applicants: Subject Editors for Resources for College Libraries. Due ASAP.

Resources for College Libraries seeks dynamic and discerning bibliographers to
serve as subject editors for the following areas:
* African American Studies
* African History, Languages, and Literatures
* Environmental Studies
* European History
* Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures

Resources for College Libraries (RCL) is a bibliography of selected works
spanning the college curriculum and comprising a recommended core collection
for all academic libraries. Available both in print and online at RCLweb
(http://rclweb.net), RCL covers 61 curriculum-specific subjects and identifies
approximately 70,000 titles most necessary for teaching undergraduates,
including electronic resources essential for academic study. Subject editors
are responsible for selecting and maintaining the most critical resources
related to the undergraduate curriculum.

RCL subject editors oversee the continuous revision of a subject area, with
particular responsibilities including:
*   Regularly adding new titles to the subject area
*   Maintaining and developing the subject taxonomy
*   Reviewing and removing unessential titles from the subject area
*   Managing, if necessary, bibliographers to aid in selection
*   Remaining aware of current trends in teaching, research, and academic
resources related to the subject area

RCL is revised regularly and has a variety of uses: it is consulted by colleges
and faculty adapting to new curricula, by student researchers, by librarians
for collection development purposes, and by accrediting agencies. As successor
to Books for College Libraries, RCL is a collaborative project between the
Association of College and Research Libraries’ Choice magazine editorial
staff, knowledgeable subject editors recruited from teaching faculty and
academic librarians, and R.R. Bowker.

RCL subject editors must balance in-depth subject knowledge with the mission of
establishing a core collection for the liberal arts and sciences college
library. To join RCL’s editorial roster, interested applicants should submit
a CV/résumé, along with a brief description of qualifications related to
managing a core collection in the discipline. If you are interested in this
professional service opportunity or would like more information, please contact
me at adoherty@ala-choice.org.

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