Week 11: NoveList Plus & NoveList K-8
Posted June 10, 2010on:
Novelist K-8 (Kids and Teens only)
Customers think that anyone that works in the library knows about every book out there- non-fiction, sci-fi, mysteries, romance, you name it, you should know about it. I like to tell customers that I work in the library therefore I don’t have time to read. Of course, it’s impossible even for the well read amongst us to be able to recommend books in every genre. Anyway, the point is that you don’t have to be well read to help customers find books to read. NoveList can help.
NoveList can help you find new books for customers based on other books and authors they like. You can search by author, title, series title, or by describing a book plot. You can also limit by age group- younger kids, older kids, teens, and adults. Novelist covers fiction and non-fiction titles.
Novelist Plus is comprehensive covering adults, kids and teens whereas Novelist K-8 covers kids and teen titles only. In addition, each listing has an SJPL library catalog link and you can instantly check if the library has the book. NoveList is also great for figuring out the order of series book titles. For example, a customer may ask for the 3rd book in the Left Behind Series. You can look up the series title in NoveList Plus/ K-8 and it will list in order (with publication date) the books in the series. There are also book discussion guides, lists of award winners, and book talks.
NoveList is really a powerful tool. Here’s a sample of what you can find within a book listing in Novelist Plus/ K-8:
- Link to our library catalog
- Grade level, Reading Level, and Lexile of book
- Link to Similar Books
- Book Reviews
- Book Summary
- Series Information (if applicable)
I highly recommend you check out NoveList and explore this database.
- Read this http://support.epnet.com/uploads/kb/gettingstarted_plus.pdf
- Use the Describe a Plot search limiter in Novelist Plus. A customer says she’s looking for a book but doesn’t know the title or the author but she remembers it was about a woman who went through a divorce and made a journey to India. What is the title of the book?
- Can you tell me what the grade level is for Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
- A parent wants recommendations for her 10 year old that wants fantasy books. Hint: use the Recommended Reads link under the appropriate age group.
Access outside the library with a San Jose Public Library card number and PIN
Don’t forget to leave a comment below to register your participation, and then go bid on a prize!