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E-resource Recommendations Added to NoveList Select
NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, is introducing a new feature to NoveList Select, its catalog enrichment resource. The new feature adds e-resource recommendations to NoveList Select. The recommendations guide patrons to relevant e-resources—that may have been hidden or hard to find—directly from catalog records. This new feature will benefit libraries looking to make patrons more aware of the wealth of electronic resources available through the library.
Available free with a NoveList Select subscription, e-resource recommendations are comprehensive and vendor-neutral so libraries can promote a variety of resources. To ensure that patrons see a list of highly relevant resources specifically tailored to their searches, professionals at NoveList developed the recommendation strategies based on subject headings and also by the reading level of the record. Additional e-resources will be continually added to the list.
Libraries identify which e-resources they have and would like to promote from a pre-defined list. Subject headings in the e-resources are then matched with subject headings in the catalog records. This process enables patrons to see a list of highly relevant recommended e-resources when they view a record in the catalog. A list of available e-resources is available here.
In related news, NoveList Select enhanced content has been added to the Koha Open Source ILS—through a partnership of ByWater Solutions, EBSCO’s NoveList, and the Los Gatos Library, in Los Gatos, Calif. This enhanced content adds reviews from Goodreads, up-to-date series information, similar titles, and authors, as well as links to NextReads newsletters and more. Because of this integration this content is available right in a library catalog and is available to any NoveList Select customer using the Koha integrated library system.
Duncan Smith, vice president of NoveList, said, “Thanks to the efforts of ByWater Solutions, libraries that choose Koha as their catalog solution can now easily integrate the rich content from NoveList Select into their online catalog and put expert reading recommendations and other expanded content into the place where it is most visible to library patrons. This is a great example of how libraries and their readers benefit when companies work together to support library success.”
Source: EBSCO Publishing and ByWater Solutions
Paula J. Hane
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