July 21, 2020

Take the ARRT genre self-assessment

NoveList is pleased to offer our subscribers access to the 5th Revised edition of the Adult Reading Round Table’s Popular Fiction List. Librarians and readers can use the workbook to evaluate their familiarity and comfort with authors in the most popular genres. The self-assessment can be used to reveal holes in genre knowledge as well as to discover new authors to try. 

July 20, 2020

5 storytime tips for the uninitiated

Those who work with youth all share a common goal: finding ways to help kids keep learning. Reading aloud is one sure-fire way to do it. So whether you’re a parent *slightly* uncomfortable with reading aloud but wanting to try and hopefully light a reading spark in your youngsters, or a public librarian perfecting your online storytime chops, here are tips to help the uninitiated tackle the magic of sharing stories with kids. 

July 16, 2020

Why talk about books?

Every year NoveList sponsors the Andrew Carnegie Awards for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. This event is an opportunity to celebrate some of the finest books of the year.   In preparing some brief remarks for the awards ceremony, I thought about WHY we do celebrations like this one. After all, there are LOTS of things for us as humans to talk about right now. Why books? 

July 15, 2020

Does your collection have all the “Essentials”?

When Core Collections became a NoveList product, we took to heart the idea that it would be “powered by NoveList.”  That meant doing things like reevaluating genre and subject headings, as well as which classics are really essential for libraries to have. This work brought our attention to the recommendation levels in Core Collections. Honestly, the terms were vague when we want them to be specific. So we’re happy to unveil both the new terms AND provide some clarity into how we’re using them. 

July 9, 2020

Stay up to date on your community’s interests with NoveList Select

Every month at NoveList we like to take a look at (and share) a list of the top 10 (or 12 or 20) titles searched in library catalogs with NoveList Select all over the world. We do this because it's fun, right? A fun and informative way to look at reading interests. And who doesn't love a top ten list?! 

July 7, 2020

Introducing “Nonfiction that reads like fiction”

After some careful curating, our metadata librarians have come up with a new and exciting genre in nonfiction books for adults – Nonfiction that reads like fiction!  These are books that while grounded in fact, biography or memoir, create a reading experience much like reading a novel. Think In Cold Blood, Educated: A MemoirThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, or I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

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