Non-profit publisher Annual Reviews has acquired Charleston Councilman, a widely used and respected collection development tool. The purchase was closed today.
“We are delighted to welcome The Charleston Advisor to the annual reviews,” said Richard Gallagher, publisher and editor. “It fits well with our mission to synthesize and integrate knowledge and expand our horizons by providing high-quality reviews of products and services to library teams in academic and research institutions, a new group of readers for we.”
Founded in July 1999, The Charleston Advisor publishes in-depth product reviews of exclusive, freely available web resources for the library market. Types of products examined include databases, pricing tools, scholarly journals, and collections. More than 800 searchable expert opinions, peer-reviewed by the library community, are currently available to help optimize library services.
“In our search for the ideal buyer of this unique publication, we prioritized finding an organization that values librarians as partners and appreciates the value of reviews,” said Rebecca Lenzini, Editor. and editor of The Charleston Advisor. “We found our match in the annual reviews and look forward to working with them on a smooth change of ownership.”]
The publication was inspired by Katina Strauch, founder of the Charleston Conference and Against the Grain, who at the time was in charge of technical services at the College of Charleston. “As a collection development librarian responsible for recommending resources for teachers and students to purchase, I saw the need for a resource that reviews and rates available products to professional library standards as well as producer product information.”