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 23, 2019

Be a superhero readers’ advisor

Given the abundance of recent superhero movies (Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home), you may be seeing more requests from your patrons for superhero comics and stories. If not, the stakes are being raised: May 4th is Free Comic Book Day (and Star Wars Day)!

April 8, 2019

Looking for inspiration? Let our new themes browse pages guide you!

Themes are the (sometimes) hard-to-define elements of a book that hook a reader— we’ve talked about them before, from our initial announcement to suggesting ways to use them with library patrons. Now by popular demand, we built a resource within NoveList and NoveList Plus that allows you to see at a glance how our themes are organized.

September 7, 2018

Themes playlist

Like many of you reading this post, I have book catnip--the kind of book I turn to over and over because something about the story satisfies. Of course, I’ve always used NoveList to help me find the “kind of book” I wanted to read. As a NoveList power user, my previous techniques tested the limits of NoveList’s more obscure field codes.

August 15, 2018

Five ways to use themes with your patrons

Have you been using the themes that are now included in NoveList with your patrons yet? If not, or you read that question and thought, “What do they mean by themes?” then now is the time to get started!

August 15, 2018

Webinar: Unlocking Themes to Improve Your Readers’ Advisory

From rookie on the beat to secret babies, there are dozens of themes that your readers adore. Let RA expert Becky Spratford and metadata maven Cathleen Keyser show you how adding themes to your RA toolbox can supercharge your readers’ advisory, circulation, and programming.

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