October 22, 2019

Promoting new books in your collection (that aren’t on the bestseller list)

We know some books will circulate no matter what we do (James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, J.D. Robb, etc.), but many of the new books libraries buy need a little push. They are wonderful books, perfect, even, in the hands of the right reader, if only that reader knew that book was waiting for them at the library.

So how to get that information out there?

October 17, 2019

Top 10 Book Discussion Guides in NoveList July – September 2019

Anyone who has ever been in a book club knows that finding the perfect schedule to balance new vs. old, serious vs. light, and fiction vs. nonfiction can take some effort. Let NoveList help! 

October 15, 2019

Readers’ advisory outside of the library

Reading recommendations are basically the air we breathe, so it’s not surprising that readers’ advisory finds its way into so many aspects of our lives outside of work. 

September 16, 2019

The joys of weeding

I loved weeding in all its forms. I would print out that non-circ list, head to my section, and it would just be me and the books (and whatever patron stopped to ask me questions). Weeding was a solitary time to put my hands on my collection, to better understand the gaps in what we offered, the surprising things that circulated, and the books that weren’t circing, but maybe needed to.

August 27, 2019

Readers’ advisory is a team sport

Last year, librarians at NYPL made national news for tracking down titles of books from only the faintest descriptions. How thrilling to see the work librarians do every day recognized by people outside of the profession! What struck me most about the librarians described in the article was that they were all gathered together in a room to do the work, even though much of what is described involved intense searching, a mostly solitary effort. 

May 15, 2019

Gentle reads refresh

Some days you may want to turn to a book for ease and comfort, lightness and maybe a little joy. You can find plenty of books with violence, fraught situations, angst, and peril, but NoveList is making it easier to find books with a gentler outlook on the world. Here at NoveList, we recently reviewed and updated our gentle reads genre, so you’ll be able to find hundreds more books that meet your needs. 

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