July 23, 2020

3 tips to always have a book recommendation ready

One question I regularly faced as the manager of an adult services department at a public library was, “how can my staff and I stay on top of trends in reading and good books to recommend.” There is no shortage of book blogs, reviews, social media feeds, etc. people can read. And it’s fun to deep dive into the online community of a genre. But being an active member of all the online reading communities isn’t possible, so the question for my team was really, “what tools do we have to efficiently and effectively learn about good books to recommend in genres we don’t immerse ourselves in.”

July 15, 2020

Does your collection have all the “Essentials”?

When Core Collections became a NoveList product, we took to heart the idea that it would be “powered by NoveList.”  That meant doing things like reevaluating genre and subject headings, as well as which classics are really essential for libraries to have. This work brought our attention to the recommendation levels in Core Collections. Honestly, the terms were vague when we want them to be specific. So we’re happy to unveil both the new terms AND provide some clarity into how we’re using them. 

April 29, 2020

Building a collection for 1000 books before kindergarten

In a previous blog post, I wrote about parents who are looking for all the book recommendations they can get their hands on and how libraries can support them. If you’re working from home, or in the library working in shifts, and wondering how best to build up your collection of board and picture books to support those parents and early readers (or book chewers), here are some suggestions for Core Collections customers.  

April 22, 2020

What Core Collections has taught me about Science Fiction

As savvy librarians know, Core Collections is a useful tool for both selection and weeding. As one of the intrepid genre specialists who works on Core Collections, I get to do both. And it’s surprisingly fun, considering how many Excel spreadsheets are involved. But the process of evaluating titles has also made me think a lot about how genre collections are built and maintained. Here are some things I’ve learned.

March 26, 2020

Core Collections: Powered by NoveList

This week, NoveList released an enhanced version of its Core Collections product line. Now for the first time, Core Collections databases provide unique access points and data previously unavailable outside of the NoveList databases. 

March 2, 2020

Core Collections as a weeding solution

While buying awesome new books for a library collection is probably the most glamorous part of collection development, let’s not forget how important it is to maintain a collection that is attractive and relevant to your community. After all, a well-curated collection that people love browsing will ultimately lead to higher circulation. 

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