January 10, 2018

New year, new books

The New Year puts us in mind of goal-setting, personal transformations, and self-improvement. Fortunately, NoveList can help you find books that inspire, encourage, and motivate. With just a few key headings, you can help your users access hundreds of relevant titles. Stick these books on a New Year’s display, post about them to social media, and make bookmarks your readers can turn to again and again…especially in June when those resolutions have slipped out the door and we need them back.

The best place to start might be searching for life stories of personal growth (or “Life stories -- Personal growth”). These books are about people trying to change their lifestyles, improve themselves, or alter their life’s direction. Here you’ll find great books like The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and Leap In: a Woman, Some Waves, and the Will to Swim by Alexandra Heminsley. Try searching GN life stories personal growth to find more.

If you’re looking for a more career-focused jump start, look under “Life stories -- Business -- Business leaders” to get some perspective from success stories, like #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, a collection of Warren Buffett articles called Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffet on Practically Everything, and The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth by Richard Paul Evans. Type the search string GN life stories business business leaders into the search bar to find stories like these.

There are as many books as there are approaches to self-fulfillment and success. For getting back to the basics, try “Life stories -- Nature and outdoors -- Simple living” and find reads like Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life. For reflecting on spiritual growth look under “Life stories -- Religion and spirituality -- Spiritual journeys," where you’ll find books like Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat: a Skeptic’s Path to Religion. Again, to search for those books, use the field code GN in front of the rest of the search string (and leave out the punctuation).

And finally, if you want to narrow your results further you can add subject headings to your search. Here are a few examples:

  • GN life stories personal growth AND SU self-fulfillment
  • GN life stories business business leaders AND SU success (concept)
  • GN life stories nature and outdoors simple living AND SU sustainable living
  • GN life stories spirituality and religion spiritual journeys AND (SU self-discovery OR SU transformations, personal)

If one of your professional resolutions is to become a NoveList Power User and make searches like the ones above to help any reader who steps into your library, be sure to check out the NoveList 201 resources on the Learn page of our Idea Center. There you’ll find resources for trainers, tips for advanced searching in NoveList, and a YouTube playlist geared specifically to build your NoveList skills.

Not ready to become a NoveList Power User? Don’t worry. That Learn page has resources for you, too. Try out our search strategies for tips on searching for books with diverse characters, exploring books by culture, and more. Or get signed up for some live NoveList training.

Best of luck with ALL your resolutions!

Christine Wells is a Metadata Librarian II at NoveList. 

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