July 5, 2017

ALA reflections

First off, THANK YOU!!! You kept the NoveList station at the EBSCO booth hopping with all your questions and we loved hearing from you. A special thank you to the man who came by on his vendor “Thank You Tour.” We love talking with librarians about what they're working on and how NoveList can help. Chatting with all of you made this year’s ALA one of our best.

ALA crowds
Monday morning exhibit crowds


Many of you asked us about training information. We felt the NoveList love, along with the desire to use it better. If you feel the same way, we have resources for you.

Need other training resources? Send us feedback.

Linked data

Linked data seemed to be the hot topic at this year’s ALA. By our count, there were five sessions on linked data -- and I’m sure we’re missing some. Here is what Kathy and I took away from the linked data conversations we were a part of:

  • While libraries have different goals, types of collections, and audiences, visibility and ease of use are key.
  • Different audiences, collections, and goals means libraries are working out what metrics are important to them and how to get those measurements.
  • Librarians have some great ideas about how to incorporate linked data into the discovery environment, library workflows, and how it might help the library build deeper community partnerships.

Linked data conversations are happening fast. Need to stay up to date? Sign up for Linked Data Partners News.

Book Club Central

Did you get to meet Sarah Jessica Parker? Sadly, neither did we. :( That doesn’t stop us from being excited about the Book Club Central pick No One is Coming to Save Us. The author herself described the book as “the longing of The Great Gatsby, but from the cheap seats.” It sounds awesome.

Stephanie Powell Watts
Jennifer Lohmann and Stephanie Powell Watts after the panel discussion

I was invited to speak at the Book Club Central panel, Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community. Cecelia Tover talked about Santa Monica Reads! and how they’ve gotten the community excited about a One City, One Book program. Robin Hoklotubbe impressed us all with her book club -- they do tablescapes! And I talked about my book clubs, as well as the NoveList resources I use to run them.

Missed the panel? We’ll be talking about book clubs throughout the year and have put a page on our website with all the ways NoveList can help make your book club better.

Celebrating Libraries

Two LibraryAware customers received awards for their marketing and promotion: San Mateo County Libraries won a John Cotton Dana Award and Patrick Holt, from Durham County Library, won a PR Xchange Award for his graphic novel newsletter.

Patrick Holt
Congratulations Patrick!

More fun stuff

ALA wasn’t all work. I wanted bubble tea. Kathy wanted pizza. Danielle wanted to go on a boat ride (See that view of the skyline from the water in the cover photo? Wow!). Check. Check. Check. I was even lucky enough to stay for Hillary Clinton’s wonderful speech about the important role libraries play in our democracy. 

Hillary ALA

Next year, of course, is PLA in Philadelphia. And Midwinter in Denver. And ALA in New Orleans. If you make it to one of those conferences, stop by the booth and say hi. We’d love to hear what your library is working on.

Jennifer Lohmann is a NoveList Consultant.


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