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. 

July 20, 2020

5 storytime tips for the uninitiated

Those who work with youth all share a common goal: finding ways to help kids keep learning. Reading aloud is one sure-fire way to do it. So whether you’re a parent *slightly* uncomfortable with reading aloud but wanting to try and hopefully light a reading spark in your youngsters, or a public librarian perfecting your online storytime chops, here are tips to help the uninitiated tackle the magic of sharing stories with kids. 

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. 

July 9, 2020

Stay up to date on your community’s interests with NoveList Select

Every month at NoveList we like to take a look at (and share) a list of the top 10 (or 12 or 20) titles searched in library catalogs with NoveList Select all over the world. We do this because it's fun, right? A fun and informative way to look at reading interests. And who doesn't love a top ten list?! 

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