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NoveList ALA Midwinter 2013

NoveList ALA Midwinter 2013



Presentation from the NoveList breakfast at ALA Midwinter

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  • Flickr photo: Jessamynwest
  • 1. A search box on every page2. A carousel of hot books and reading recommendations3. Genre and Thematic lists4. Extra Content, including teaching with booksTitles for all reading levelsFiction and narrative non-fictionExtensive subject headings:GenreCharacter (and Character name)Geographic locationTime period & historical eventTopic
  • When you mouse over a recommended book, we tell you WHY we are making the recommendation. If one of our staff made the recommendation, we also tell you WHO made it. These are professional quality recommendations - our staff are experts in readers’ advisory. While many of our recommendations are hand-crafted, others are selectively auto-generated based on subject and appeal factors.
  • NoveList’s “extras” are quick and easy to use resources that you can use in your daily work with books and readers. They are created by professionals so you know you can trust the content. We continually update the existing content and add new resources, so it’s fresh and current.“Extras” include these type of materials:-Book discussion guides-Book display ideas-Genre outlines-Picture Book Extenders-Recommended Reads-Grab and Go Lists
  • Let’s look at NoveList Select.
  • From an OCLC report: more people are aware that their library has a coffee shop than that the library has online databases. What can libraries do to increase awareness of library services?
  • From Library Journal’s Patron Profiles chart – Figure 16 – all the action is in the catalog. What can you do to put more information in your catalog?
  • A typical catalog tells readers whether or not your library has the item requested. But what happens when the item is not available? Do you offer the reader any other options?
  • The catalog is the library’s most frequently used resource. Is it delivering what library users really want?In a study of online catalog users by the Evansville Public Library, IN:78% of customers requested Similar Titles Recommendations.72% of customers said that having Series Information available was important to them.
  • Catalog enrichment makes your bibliographic records better by adding richer supplemental content. Information is delivered to people as they use the catalog – a very visible location that is highly effective. Select allows libraries to recommend books, events, newsletters and more – all based on the user’s interests.
  • Let’s look at reasons why catalog enrichment makes a difference in libraries.
  • The catalog is the library’s most frequently used resource. Is it delivering what library users really want?In a study of online catalog users by the Evansville Public Library, IN:78% of customers requested Similar Titles Recommendations.72% of customers said that having Series Information available was important to them.
  • Catalog use is changing -- more and more usage is remote. More people are using the library from home, school, wherever. How do these readers discover the depth and breadth of your collection? Charlotte Mecklenburg reports 82% of holds are remote. In Williamsburg Regional Library, VA the number is 89%.Many libraries don’t know the answer to this question but most agree—it’s a lot!
  • Is your catalog a place where readers can learn about books and resources they didn’t already know about? Or is a place where readers come to place on books they’ve learned about from others? This is the difference between book delivery and book discovery.Why is it so important? OCLC’s From Awareness to Funding—a study of library user voting behavior—found that library user who viewed the library as place that introduced them to new authors and titles and resources were more likely to vote for increased library funding.
  • Does your catalog just sit there waiting for someone to use it or is it a key part of your strategy for keeping your library top of mind with your users?E-newsletters like NextReads when they are part of a catalog enrichment plan keep users connected to the library.Lexington Public results: Within a week of a newsletter’s arrival, circulation of titles in a NextReads newsletter increases by 90%. Within a week of a newsletter’s arrival, holds on titles in a NextReads newsletter increase by 122%.The number of checkouts for a title featured in NextReads can be expected to almost double.The number of holds placed on a title featured in a NextReads newsletter can be expected to increase by 55% for new titles and 75% for older titles.Source: Lexington Public Library, KY, NextReads Subscriber Survey and Evaluation
  • Does your stretched-thin staff have the time to deliver the level of service to your readers that you and they want? Especially when the questions relate to series information or finding another book like the one they just read?Select saves staff time and increases the level of customer service.
  • Let’s use a popular title to demonstrate what NoveList Select can do.
  • NoveList Select can provide the book jackets (as well as music and DVD cover images) for the titles in your catalog. (this is an optional upgrade)
  • NoveList Select can add summaries and author bios to your catalog. (these are optional upgrades)
  • Add professional reviews from sources like Kirkus, Library Journal and more. (optional upgrade)Also add readers reviews and ratings from Goodreads. (included in NoveList Select)These are right at readers’ fingertips when they are deciding whether to read a book.
  • NoveList Select lists the entire series, in reading order.
  • Three kinds of reading recommendations – Series, Title, Author. (Note: Series recommendations are new in 2012.)
  • Every recommendation has a reason – hand crafted by NoveList experts.The display of recommendations was improved in 2012 – it is now an attractive pop-up when you click “why did we recommend this?”
  • Links to related NextReads newsletters are provided, as well as a link to the library’s newsletter sign up page. (This section is available for current NextReads subscribers only)Links to Events in Your Library (available for Evanced Events customers only).Both items are connected to the subject headings, so patrons on see the most relevant newsletters and events.
  • NoveList has lots of “extras” for librarians and readers, including lists of award winners, recommended reads lists, book discussion guides, genre overviews, feature articles and more. This section makes it really for users to easily find and use NoveList content.
  • New in 2013! NoveList Select will now include recommendations for related e-resources. This is very useful for letting your patrons know about the e-resources available in your library. Bring them out of hiding and put them where your patrons will see them!
  • In 2012, NoveList released a new version of Select that offers even more areas of enrichment, including several optional upgrade packages. NoveList Select with Content Café Upgrades offers the most comprehensive catalog enrichment service available so that libraries can deliver what users need and build strong connections to their readers and communities.

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