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The NoveList Story

As a new librarian, Duncan Smith struggled with the fact that readers' advisory services were only as good as the individual librarian's memory and ability to read a wide range of genres. He thought there should be a database that would be a 'secret weapon' for keeping track of all the great books to recommend. In 1990, he talked Roger Rohweder and John Strickler into creating NoveList.

In 1994, they sold their first copy. NoveList was an immediate hit with librarians and launched with 20,000 titles and 1,200 reviews.

In 1999, EBSCO acquired NoveList from CARL. At that time, NoveList had just five employees.

Today, NoveList is a division of EBSCO with more than 50 employees. Over 20+ years, the NoveList team has continued to innovate and develop solutions for readers' advisory, catalog enrichment, email newsletters, library marketing, and more. But, throughout it all, the core mission continues to be helping libraries help readers.

NoveList Timeline


1994
First copy of NoveList sold

1994
Acquired by CARL Corporation

1999
Acquired by EBSCO

2002
NoveList K-8 launched

2003
Book Index with Reviews introduced

2006
NextReads launched

2007
NoveList Select launched

2008
NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus launched

2010
Appeal factors added

2011
Reader ratings from Goodreads added

2012
LibraryAware launched

2013
Recommendations for self-check introduced

2014
Audiobook recommendations added

2015
Browsing features added

2016
Linked data introduced