RCL Career Resources: FAQs
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What is Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources?
Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources (CR) is a bibliographic resource that identifies the essential core titles for two-year undergraduate institutions. CR defines the recommended core collection for all vocational, technical, and career college libraries. Its coverage includes print materials (monographs, series, and reference works), as well as electronic materials such as web-based databases and resources. Learn more about CR and the database features.
How is the CR content selected and reviewed?
CR resources are carefully evaluated and hand-selected by subject specialists who are almost exclusively college librarians. Editors seek external reviews, consider current curricula, and elicit faculty input on resources under consideration. Additionally, each CR subject undergoes comprehensive peer review to ensure that selections remain relevant, credible, and current for the community college collection.
How many records are in the database?
CR contains over 4,500 titles in 64 curriculum-specific subjects.
How often is content added?
The database is continuously updated with new content. You can find recently added content in a variety of ways: browse the newest titles on the RCL homepage, limit your advanced search or subject browse by date added, or use an RSS alert to receive a notice when new titles are added to a CR subject.
How does CR benefit students?
Career-oriented students will benefit from the fact that librarians and community college faculty have already evaluated and curated the CR content. CR lists the books, websites, and other resources which are most useful for undergraduates in occupational and technical programs. Because CR subjects are aligned with the college curriculum, it’s easy for students to quickly find the essential works to support their research and study.
How does CR benefit faculty and researchers?
CR titles are those which are critical for teaching undergraduates and have been selected for a wide range of students. Faculty who are developing syllabi or curricula can use CR to select the most appropriate materials to complement their teachings. Additionally, faculty, librarians, and administrators working together to establish a new undergraduate program, minor, or major will benefit from consulting CR to ensure the collection contains the appropriate works to support undergraduate study.
How does CR benefit librarians?
CR is a time-saving collection development and analysis tool that helps librarians to discover, build, and refine the library’s collection materials. Librarians benefit from the credible, expertly evaluated CR content, as well as the powerful discovery and organization tools in RCL database, including Choice full-text reviews, OAT identifiers, curriculum-specific subject hierarchies, FRBRized format information, and authoritative bibliographic data from Bowker.
Does CR contain titles from Vocational and Technical Resources for Community College Libraries?
CR editors began updating this core list for career colleges by evaluating titles from its predecessor, the 1994 edition of Vocational and Technical Resources for Community College Libraries. However, given the substantial changes to the curriculum, practices, and publications in all of the CR subjects, relatively few titles were retained from the 1994 edition. CR content has been completely updated with the newest and most relevant works for students in career, technical, and occupational programs.
Does CR contain e-books?
Yes. The new RCL database contains a modified FRBR functionality, which allows users to view alternate formats, including e-books. It retains the expert subject selection that users depend on to discover the most essential editions of works, along with the capability to view alternate formats of resources, enabling libraries to make purchase decisions based on institutional preferences and selection policies.
Is CR available in print?
No. Current CR selections are available via RCL, which is continuously updated.
Is there a free trial available?
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