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. 

May 2, 2019

New in NoveList: Subgenre Specials

Here at NoveList, we're always thinking about what librarians need to deliver top-notch readers’ advisory to their genre fiction fans. Our existing Genre Outlines broadly survey a major genre’s key concepts, authors, and titles. But what to do when a reader’s only interest is (for example) not just romance novels, but only historical romances? Or only paranormal romances? 

April 29, 2019

The Secret Language of Books – 2019 Edition

We are happy to announce that the 2019 version of The Secret Language of Books is off to the printer. Many of you expressed appreciation for the earlier version of this booklet, which contained detailed information about NoveList appeal factors and tips for using them with readers. This time around, we wanted to create an even richer resource for you by including genres and themes. 

March 4, 2019

Introducing the new LibraryAware homepage

We created LibraryAware for busy library professionals like you who need to promote your collections, build audiences for your programming, and keep patrons informed about what’s happening at the library. With that goal in mind, and in response to feedback from customers, we’re introducing a new homepage for LibraryAware next month.

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