December 18, 2017

Five ideas for using NoveList folders

Folders rock! We’ve talked about the power of NoveList’s folders before when my colleague Jennifer Lohmann shared how she wished she’d known more about them while working in a public library and what she would have done with them.  

If you hear questions like “I need a book for my [book club discussion/storytime/Harry Potter program]. What should I get?” -- and we know you do -- use NoveList’s folders to stash titles and articles you come across while you browse. Who doesn’t want a repository of all your great ideas at the ready?

It’s easy to get started.

First, create your personal account in NoveList if you don’t already have one. Fill in the usual fields and save -- you’ll be able to edit this information later if you need to. 

Once your account is made and you’re logged in, create a folder and give it a name that’s meaningful to you. A few of my own folders include Books for Storytime, Banned Books, New Baby in the Family, and Books for Gifts. 

Now you’re ready to start stashing away! Anytime you see an article or book that you want to remember, click the folder icon, then the folder where you’d like to save the book or article. And don’t forget, if your library also has LibraryAware, you can pull any of your folders into a template for quick, visually-appealing bibliographies. 

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Here are five ideas for folders to get you started:

  1. Books for that *ahem* discerning reader. We’ve all encountered a reader who, for example, reads mysteries but only non-grisly ones, set during World War I, that don’t take place in England. Combine NoveList appeal terms and subject headings to identify titles that fit and them save them to the appropriate folder.
  2. Books for patrons who are educators. Browse for both fiction and nonfiction on particular subject areas, like 20th century US presidents, immigrant experiences past and present, or search for titles that meet Common Core standards.
  3. NoveList Genre Outlines. Think of these short articles like a crash course in a particular genre -- they’re especially useful for those genres you don’t personally read or are otherwise out of your comfort zone.
  4. Audiobooks for a family trip. Combine different search terms for narrator tone, length, and other audio characteristics to find the perfect listen for a variety of different ages and interests.
  5. Books at specific Lexile levels. This might be a great exercise for over the summer to get prepared for the barrage of back-to-school queries on finding just-right books for a class or required reading. Create folders for different Lexile levels and you’ll be ahead of the curve when those questions start rolling in from parents, students, and teachers.

Feel like sharing some of your own folder ideas? Drop them in the comments or tweet us @NoveListRA

Kathy Stewart is a NoveList Consultant. 


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