August 11, 2016

Shifting to people first language

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, begun in 2014 to promote diversity in children’s literature. But have you heard of the campaign to promote “people first” language?

August 9, 2016

Got ink? We’ve got appeals!

The NoveList Book Squad is always on the lookout for inventive readers' advisory opportunities. When we heard about Multnomah County Library's #books4tats campaign, we shared a collective "oooooh!" of appreciation -- and decided to try some tattoo-based RA of our own.

August 4, 2016

Comics and graphic novels: how NoveList can help

Comics and graphic novels can feel like an entirely new world to librarians not familiar with them. Never fear, NoveList is here! 

August 3, 2016

Browsing with metadata

It’s not every day that the power of metadata gets a chance to shine. In Lynn Lobash’s recent Library Journal article “The Case for Informed Browsing,” she talks about Netflix browse lanes, stating that “these niche categories are built by a team of viewers armed with a controlled vocabulary.”

June 14, 2016

Get all your staff involved in doing readers’ advisory

What’s the most valuable asset of your library? Your collection? Your programming? Your readers’ advisory services?

June 7, 2016

Linked data is what we (and libraries) have been waiting for

For more than 20 years, I’ve worked at NoveList on helping readers discover books and helping librarians help those readers. It’s a tricky problem, one that we’ve tried to solve with multiple solutions, both inside and outside the library walls. I believe linked data is exactly the solution that libraries need at this time of great change and transformation.

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