February 6, 2019

Where there’s smoke, there’s FYRE

It's been almost two years since the notorious — and endlessly memed — Fyre Festival debacle, but the hits just keep on coming. In January, both Netflix and Hulu delved into the drama with their own buzzy documentaries chronicling the aftermath of “the greatest party that never happened." Do you have patrons who can't get enough of these documentaries? NoveList can help you stay on top of pop culture trends to connect with your patrons.

February 6, 2019

Updates from NoveList

 Keeping our customers up to date about NoveList is important to us. Read about the updates from NoveList and the exciting year ahead in a letter from Vice President of NoveList, Danielle Borasky. 

February 4, 2019

Innovation week: A deep dive into making our recommendations better

We decided to begin 2019 with one of our favorite topics – recommendations! Recommendations are at the heart of readers’ advisory – what books have changed people’s lives, or swallowed their consciousness for a while as they lost themselves to a new universe, or – as Marie Kondo might say – sparked joy? What can we do to help people find either more of the same or the next new thing that will resonate with them? All of this is, for us, through the lens of what we can do to help you (librarians working directly with the public) answer these questions.

February 1, 2019

With my people at ALAMW19

It’s been a minute since I worked in a library but when I go to a conference, it doesn’t take me long to get back into full-on librarian mindset –trolling publishers’ booths for hot-n-fresh ARCs, failing to resist picking up cool swag, and fangirling over authors.

January 31, 2019

How to use the Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch at your library

From the moment the Netflix interactive film Black Mirror Bandersnatch dropped at the end of December, viewers have been discussing, watching, re-watching, analyzing, and dishing about the film. All of this conversation leads to plenty of opportunities for libraries to capitalize on this trend. 

January 29, 2019

Black girls read, too

There are many stereotypes that perpetuate the idea that black children don’t read. They aren’t exposed to reading at early ages compared to children from other races, and therefore perform at lower rates in school. However, it’s not just that black children aren’t reading, they just aren’t reading enough books that reflect them. I recently finished reading Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim. This book prompted me to reflect on my own reading journey growing up and how my diverse reading background has affected my views.

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