June 6, 2018

Come see us at ALA 2018!

Written by:
Jennifer Lohmann

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Attending ALA in New Orleans this year? Don’t forget to take some time out of your schedule to stop by the EBSCO booth #2531 and get some insider info on what’s new and forthcoming with NoveList.

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NoveList Select for Catalog

NoveList Select for Catalog is one of your favorite NoveList products, and it’s one of ours, too. Our developers have been hard at work to get the awesome NoveList read-alikes, appeal terms, genre headings, and themes to the forefront of your patrons’ catalog experience. We’re even working on a cool new feature to browse in your catalog for more books by beloved appeal terms, genre headings, and themes.

screenshot of story elements in NoveList Select

 Stop by the desk, and we’ll give you a preview. We’d love to hear your feedback, too.


If you’ve not already played with the themes recently added to NoveList, you and your patrons will love them. Got a reader who loves romances with childhood sweethearts reconnecting as adults? We’ve got a theme for that. What about the kid who likes stories of children who move to a new house…only to find out it’s haunted? We’ve got a theme for that, too. We also know that people read books to better understand problems they are facing, so we have themes for all ages on “coping with death,” themes for picture books on “handling bad moods,” and for adults on stories that center on deciding to start a family. You can see a complete list in EBSCO help, but we’d love to get feedback on our themes, show you how to search for themes in NoveList, and hand you a theme bookmark (made in the LibraryAware drag and drop editor).

LibraryAware templates to promote digital resources

One thing we’ve been asked for repeatedly is for more templates in LibraryAware to help you promote your digital resources. Our LibraryAware team has been hard at work to make that happen. Let us share the excellent results libraries just like yours got in increasing their usage of resources like Flipster and LearningExpress. We’ve taken the hard work those libraries have done and your requests and turned them into more templates for you to use. We’re starting with LearningExpress and would love to hear what resources you’d like us to focus on next. 

Don’t miss these events

New Dawn for Libraries: A Conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden

We’ve sponsored the Margaret E. Monroe Library Services Award for many years. This year, we’re excited to cheer as Kaite Stover wins her award. We’re also looking forward to listening to Courtney Young and Dr. Carla Hayden have a conversation about library services. The session will be Saturday, June 23rd at 4 p.m.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Celebration

Don’t miss this year’s program with Sue Halpern and Jennifer Egan. NoveList is again proud to be a sponsor of this year’s awards, and we look forward to sharing dessert and bookish conversation with you on Saturday, June 23th at 8 p.m.

The Art of Audiobook Narration: RUSA’s Listen List

NoveList librarians love audiobooks so much we’ve created specific audiobook appeal factors, like “resonant” (for narrators with a resonant voice) and “full cast audio.” NoveList’s own former RUSA Listen List Chair Renee Young will be part of a panel discussion about this fast-growing area of publishing and how to best help your patrons find the perfect way to make their hour-long commute and five-day family road trip car time to look forward to. The session is Sunday, June 24th at 2:30 p.m.

Out and about in the Big Easy

New Orleans is one of my favorite places to visit. When I’m not working, you’ll find me at the Trashy Diva spending way more money than I should on vintage-styled dresses (Trashy Diva librarians – I know you’re out there. Come find me and we can compare outfits). I wish I had time to visit Preservation Hall, but I’ll probably have to save that for another trip. And I know I’ll be eating at Sylvain, which Sarah Wendell and I discovered the last time ALA was in New Orleans.

Autumn Winters is another New Orleans fan. When she’s not working, she’s on the hunt for new NoveList contributors (Want to write for us? Find Autumn or let us know on our website.) An anglophile, she’ll be kicking back in the evenings by comparing Pimm’s Cups and finding the best one the NOLA has to offer – maybe the one at Napoleon House, while scarfing down a face-sized muffuletta.

Christine Wells is grateful for the latest issue of American Libraries and their Veggie and Vegan restaurant guide. She’s planning on getting great vegan food at Carmo, Green Goddess, and Magasin Kitchen. If you have other recommendations for great vegan food in NOLA, please let her know! When she manages to escape the Notable Books committee meetings, she’ll be exploring New Orleans southern Gothic vibe, everything from stalking cemeteries to snapping photos of fabulous architecture.

Bacchanal Wine is on Molly Wyand’s must-visit list. She’s a NOLA #firstimer, so she’s ready to eat and listen to music wherever anyone wants to take her, including the EveryLibrary crawfish boil.

Oh, and we’re all excited to hear Michelle Obama open the conference. Look for us in line with you, bouncing with excitement.

Jennifer Lohmann is the Director of Sales and Marketing


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