July 25, 2019

Series limiter

With Summer Reading wrapping up at libraries across the U.S., we at NoveList like to take a dive into comments and questions that we receive from the fantastic librarians who have spent the past three months in the thick of it.

One recent question stood out to me as a former librarian and currently overwhelmed reader: is there a way to limit your search results in NoveList to either include or exclude series?

What a great question! As librarians, we all know those patrons who would prefer to stick to series — they want the opportunity for the complex characters, ongoing adventures, and marathon reading sessions. And we all know patrons like me who are, at the moment, craving stand-alone titles; I am just not ready for that kind of commitment, okay? I promise — it’s me, not you.

However, it’s not a great question simply because we know these types of patrons. Of course not! That would make for the most disappointing blog post ever. The inquiry comes at a perfect time because we have just added this feature in NoveList Plus!

“Well, how exactly does that work, Jen?” I hear you asking above the roar of patrons clamoring to limit their searches to series-only.

Let’s take a look at two ways you can do this:

Start with a search in the NoveList search box.

On the results page, navigate to the “Refine Results” panel on the left. Click on the “Additional Limiters” prompt to open the larger list of options.

Choose either “Include Series Titles” or “Exclude Series Titles,” then click the “Update Results” button located directly beneath the limiters section. This will provide a refined list packed with series/non-series goodness!

From the NoveList homepage, click on the “Advanced Search” link located directly beneath the search box.

Under the “Limit your results” section, select your desired limiter and click “Search.” I love starting here at times, especially when you have a narrow or challenging request (Award-winning fiction book under 200 pages with a Lexile level of 650, anyone?)

Your results page will magically appear with your desired limiters.

We hope this new feature will assist you in your daily quest to help your patrons find the perfect title. Do you have ideas for metadata that would make it easier for you to find the books your readers are looking for? Let us know!

Jen Heuer Scott is a Sales & Marketing Specialist at NoveList. She is currently reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 


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