June 7, 2019
Librarians, including librarians from NoveList, are converging on Washington D.C. for the ALA Annual Conference. It’s been almost ten years since ALA was in D.C. and there’s a ton of new stuff to see (outside of the conference programming). We hope that you’ll also take the time to stop by the EBSCO Booth #2533 in the Exhibit Hall and get some insider information on what’s new and forthcoming from NoveList.
NoveList Select Analytics
Looking for more information about how your patrons are interacting with your catalog? We designed the new Analytics Dashboard for NoveList Select for Catalog to provide you with exactly that. Quickly see your usage at a glance and understand trends with our extensive click data and year-to-year charts. The information should give you and your library insights into your community that aren’t available anywhere else, and we look forward to hearing what you learn.
Media Mentions! Superhero Themes!
Our catalogers are the best, hands down. They are regularly coming up with new ways for you to help your readers find their next favorite book. First it was appeals, then it was our genre work, then themes. And they haven’t stopped there. The work on themes is continuing with our added superhero themes to help you be the superhero your readers need.
But wait, there’s more!
We recently launched Media Mentions in NoveList and NoveList Plus. If you have a patron who comes in after Fresh Air to ask if the book Terry Gross talked about last month is in, and you wonder, “What book?” NoveList has your back. Media Mentions will track which new titles have garnered buzz on popular U.S. radio and network and cable television programs. You can limit a search to only include those buzzy books or search for what has appeared on specific shows and stations. We hope Media Mentions will help you help your readers with their driveway (or couch) moments.
Our graphic designers produce beautiful templates for LibraryAware, and the homepage is a great way for our librarians see all the new templates, plus what they’ve recently been working on, what’s trending, and our staff favorites. Among the great feedback we’ve gotten is that libraries are using the homepage to get ideas and inspiration for programs and displays, as well as to check out what other libraries are doing based on what’s trending.
NoveList librarians always love to go to an ALA, and we make plans! We’ve got our schedules ready for conference sessions, speakers, restaurants, and sights. Like you, we’re never all work and no play at the conference. Danielle Borasky, the Vice President of NoveList, and I will be among the crowds watching Sonia Sotomayor’s talk. I loved her memoir, especially the audiobook version. The audiobook version was so good I’m going to have to prepare myself for Justice Sotomayor to sound like herself, rather than Rita Moreno. Sam Stover, one of our product managers, is looking forward to learning how we can make NoveList products better for our customers. He’s also looking forward to Good Stuff Eatery’s Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake, so you might see him there several times. Autumn Winters, our Recommendations Lead, has Jason Reynolds' speech in her planner in permanent marker and is generally looking to hear what cool things librarians and libraries are doing with books and readers. She’ll be taking the D.C. Metro everywhere, so you might catch her on the train. And we’re all planning a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress. While we’re on the mall visiting the NMAAHC, I might have to plan two lunches, one at the Sweet Home Café (which I’ve never been to and looks delicious) and one at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitsitam Café (which I have been to and is delicious).
Wherever you’re reading, eating, and museuming, we’d love for you to stop by the EBSCO booth and say hi. We’ll be wearing our bright orange NoveList badge holder and have copies of the new The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements to give out.
Jennifer Lohmann is the Director of Sales and Marketing at NoveList.