December 16, 2019

The library marketer’s secret weapon

When it comes to promoting your library’s collection, do you often struggle to find the right words to describe a book’s theme, the kind of characters involved, or the author’s writing style? I’m going to let you in on a little secret I shared recently with some library marketers. It’s The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements.

December 5, 2019

Find the perfect template in LibraryAware

With the recent release of the all-template search in LibraryAware, it has become easier than ever to find just the template to fit your needs. 

September 26, 2019

Sharing the Secret Language of Books

Over the years we’ve developed and refined our own language for matching readers with just-right books. These “story elements” cover the many different aspects of a book that catches a reader’s attention. Every year we compile the story elements, which include appeal terms, themes, and genres, into The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements

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. 

April 15, 2019

How to experiment with reading outside the box

As a cataloger of juvenile works, my reading has leaned more towards picture books of late, but I wanted to challenge myself with a standard readers' advisory goal: For the benefit of patrons, read “outside the box.”

October 22, 2018

Introducing Own Voices as an appeal term in NoveList

Big news, folks! Own voices is now a searchable appeal term in NoveList. Own voices would be the perfect complement to our existing diversity appeals that call out books for all ages featuring culturally diverse, LGBTQIA diverse, religiously diverse, or ability diverse characters. By focusing on aspects of the author's identity as well as the identity of their characters, we hope to provide a more precise access point for these kinds of stories.