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Where Do Good Recommendations Come From?

Post by Duncan Smith
Posted February 10, 2014 in NoveList Plus, Readers' Advisory News

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The answer to "Where do good recommendations come from?" is one that I’ve been thinking deeply about for 20 years. From the very first time I was asked by someone for a recommendation for a good romance novel (not my personal area of reading interest), I started thinking about how reading recommendations in particular are made, shared, and organized. I founded NoveList as an answer to that question.

Twenty years later, NoveList is still the answer for me. Even with all the other options available to readers (and there are many), I still believe in the value of a single, trusted, and shared place for reading recommendations. And since I also believe in the power of libraries to shape readers’ lives, I am passionate about working alongside libraries to improve the reader experience.

This past year, the staff at NoveList embarked on a project with the goal of making our recommendations even better. You’ll hear more about it over the coming months, but the most important thing I can tell you about our recommendations is this: it’s the people. We have good people working to create good recommendations. They spend the better part of their work day finding ways to help you find good books. They work in teams: the Appeals Team, the Genre Team, the Algorithm Team, and the Recommendations Team. And they work for you. For librarians, for parents, for anyone who reads or who works with readers.

Be on the lookout for more details about our recommendations project. But first, I invite you to watch this short video about NoveList’s reading recommendations. I hope it conveys just a little of our passion.

NoveList Book Recommendations from EBSCO on Vimeo.