September 24, 2020

Onboarding: the crucial step to make new patrons fall in love with your library

Nothing, not even a global pandemic, can stop librarians from their central mission: to make sure everyone in their community has a library card. This month, most libraries in the United States participated in Library Card Signup Month, an initiative launched in 1987 by the American Library Association. Libraries use this “holiday” as a springboard to grow their cardholder base. And that’s a fantastic goal. 

September 10, 2020

Keep library staff learning and engaged with remote professional development

NoveList understands the importance of staff training. We’ve been working to help librarians connect books to readers for more than 20 years. Our experts have extensive library experience, so they know and understand the challenges your staff face.  We can help build the confidence and capacity they need to represent your library more effectively to readers, whether it’s at the desk, in the stacks, or through book displays, newsletters, and social media. Our training can be delivered remotely, so staff can keep learning, even during a global pandemic.

September 4, 2020

Spotlight on: Handwritten recommendations and descriptions

As Recommendations Lead here at NoveList, I have the distinct pleasure of editing our advisors’ reading recommendations and descriptions every day. Real live librarians and bookish experts handcraft these gems (in 100 words or less) to lead you and your customers to their next favorite title, author, or series.  

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 22, 2020

Suggest a Read-alike

Are there ever times when you have the PERFECT match for a book and just want to share it with somebody? Love recommending hidden gems to the readers who have finished everything from a high-profile writer? 

July 21, 2020

Take the ARRT genre self-assessment

NoveList is pleased to offer our subscribers access to the 5th Revised edition of the Adult Reading Round Table’s Popular Fiction List. Librarians and readers can use the workbook to evaluate their familiarity and comfort with authors in the most popular genres. The self-assessment can be used to reveal holes in genre knowledge as well as to discover new authors to try. 

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