Saturday, November 20, 2010

CFP - subject editors

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 (, 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


Anne Doherty

Anne Doherty
Project Editor, Resources for College Libraries
860.347.6933×140 / via collib-l