CRL is subsidizing access to the new online review service ccAdvisor for voting member libraries. ccAdvisor is a collaboration between Choice, publisher of Choice Reviews, and The Charleston Company, publisher of The Charleston Advisor (TCA).
ccAdvisor launched in September with nearly 300 reviews of online databases. Incorporating and updating selected product reviews originally published in TCA and with new content created for this service, ccAdvisor will focus on major electronic resources. As in TCA, reviews are commissioned from subject experts and are peer-reviewed. But ccAdvisor will be enhanced by new functionality, allowing users to search, filter, create lists, set alerts and build side-by-side comparison tables of related works. It will also link to relevant information in CRL's eDesiderata platform, and reviews will be continuously updated to cover product upgrades and revisions.
Subscription databases grow more costly and complex each year. Used in tandem with eDesiderata, ccAdvisor will arm CRL libraries with information and analysis needed to invest wisely in this environment. As of October 2, 2017 CRL voting member libraries have free access to ccAdvisor as a benefit of membership. Choice will work with CRL voting member libraries to facilitate sign-up for access. CRL also continues to support member access to TCA through the end of December 2017.