January 14, 2019
Packing your bags for Seattle for ALA Midwinter this year? Don’t forget to take time out of your schedule to stop by the EBSCO booth #1509 and get some insider info on what’s new and forthcoming with NoveList.
Excuse our bragging, but our themes are cool. What are they? They are popular and recurring plot elements found in fiction. Think Secret baby romances or Suburban malaise in literary fiction. Themes were created specifically to help librarians and their readers find those catnip books that hit the spot. Combine themes with NoveList’s signature appeal terms and you’ve got a powerful way to find your readers exactly the kinds of books they want to read. Amanda Winseck and Kathy Stewart from the NoveList team will be at the EBSCO booth to show you how to search for themes in NoveList, talk about some of their favorites, and to hear how you’ve used themes with your patrons.
The latest version of NoveList Select
Vying with themes for the 2018 release we’re most proud of is the latest version of NoveList Select for Catalog. NoveList Select is your trusted catalog enrichment service with curated reading recommendations written by librarians. The newest version of NoveList Select takes all the features you love about Select (reading recommendations, series information, Lexile measures) and adds an interactive story mixer and Accelerated Reader levels. With the interactive story mixer, your readers can browse your catalog by the story elements that matter to them—like their favorite science fiction theme (Fixing history, for example). Ask Amanda and Kathy to show you what this new version of NoveList Select looks like. If you’re already a NoveList Select customer, they can check to see if your library has been upgraded and (if not) show you how easy it is to upgrade.
In 2018 we released our white paper on connecting your community to your library resources through email and hosted a webinar with libraries talking about how easy (and effective!) the strategies outlined in the white paper were. To help libraries build on their success with the white paper strategies, we’ve been adding kits to LibraryAware specifically designed to promote resources like LearningExpress and NoveList. These kits feature everything you need to raise your community’s awareness about your resources with benefits-driven language and high-impact images already included. We’ve got templates for bookmarks, flyers, emails, and more. All your library has to do it add your branding. Amanda and Kathy will have some examples for you to see and we’re eager to hear what resources you’d like us to make kits for next.
Amanda and Kathy aren’t the only members of the NoveList team headed to Seattle. Halle Eisenman and Christine Wells serve on book award committees (The Reading List and Notable Books for Adults, respectively), so they’re ready to get their vote on. Jenny Schafer from our product management team and Molly Wyand with partner relations will be around to learn more about how to make NoveList products work even better for you and your community, whether you use our database or make use of NoveList Select in your checkout system. And our Vice President, Danielle Borasky, will be there and is always eager to hear your thoughts on NoveList, what you love about our products, what you don’t love, and what you wish we would do. Look for her at the LITA Top Tech Trends, which is one of her favorite sessions.
We’re never all work and no play at conferences, and we’ve all got some things we’d like to see, do, and eat while in Emerald City. Topping our lists are:
Whether you’re out and about sipping coffee or in a session, keep an eye out for us with our bright orange NoveList neck wallets. We’d love to say hi.
Jennifer Lohmann is the Director of Sales and Marketing at NoveList.