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NoveList Select for Catalog - User Guide


Overview

Overview of Service

NoveList Select for Catalog brings the full range of NoveList expertise into your catalog, including Title, Series, and Author information, reading recommendations, and connections to related NextReads newsletters for libraries who have subscribed to the NextReads service. Retrieving content from the entire NoveList family of products enables NoveList Select for Catalog to enrich your catalog. The detailed book view within your library’s automation system is enhanced with NoveList’s industry-leading readers’ advisory information. In addition, results for reading recommendations are filtered to include only titles held locally.

There are several types of NoveList content that can be displayed in your catalog. You and your library can determine how and where this content is displayed. The type of content available includes:

  • Books in a Series - When NoveList Plus contains information for the series in which a book is included, the titles in that series will be listed in the catalog page. Books owned by your library will be hyperlinked to their respective catalog pages, letting users know that the book is held locally.
  • Similar Series - NoveList Select for Catalog can help you find the next series for your patron like the one they've just read.
  • Similar Titles - This feature allows NoveList Select for Catalog to provide read-alike suggestions for millions of titles, many taken from NoveList’s rich collection of articles and lists. Because suggestions are taken from your full collection and include only titles that your system owns, Similar Titles helps increase circulation of less popular titles, not just the best sellers.
  • Similar Authors - By offering author recommendations hand-selected by NoveList’s readers’ advisory experts, this feature answers the question, “If a fan of a certain author was looking for an unavailable title, which other author would you suggest?”
  • Appeals from NoveList - Appeal factors can help your readers find the perfect book.  NoveList's appeal factors define the book's style, such as tone, pace, or type of illustration.
  • Extras from NoveList - This display brings all of NoveList’s comprehensive readers’ advisory resources into your catalog by giving the user access to Book Discussion Guides, Recommended Reads lists, and Award lists, along with all of NoveList’s other available lists and articles.
  • Goodreads Reviews - Goodreads is the largest social site for readers and book recommendations in the world. Through our collaboration with Goodreads, NoveList Select can display user reviews in your catalog records.
  • Related NextReads Newsletters - NextReads is an email-based newsletter outreach service that promotes your library and its entire collection. Each newsletter suggests new releases and older, but really good, titles that might otherwise be overlooked in your collection. A link to any newsletter in which a title was included will be added to that catalog page.
  • Related E-Resources - NoveList Select for Catalog can provide a list of e-resources related to a book to connect your patrons with the tools that might be of interest to them.
  • LibraryAware - LibraryAware allows libraries to create professional looking promotional materials like bookmarks, brochures, flyers, and posters, and then deliver them through a number of communication channels.  Libraries that subscribe to LibraryAware can post the promotional items that they create to any related book record in their catalog.
  • Related Events at Your Library - Evanced Solutions Events customers can promote events related to the title in question by displaying event information in your catalog.
  • Lexile - Because reading abilities and interests vary widely within a specific age group, MetaMetrics developed Lexile ratings to measure how difficult a book is to comprehend and how well a student can read. Lexiles are displayed for titles that have been given Lexile ratings.
  • Link to NoveList - Add a link to NoveList so that a patron can easily access a NoveList interface to learn more about a book.

See Overview of Display Options for examples of option displays.

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Overview of the Setup Process

  1. Your library signs the purchase order to begin getting recommendations and other great content from NoveList directly into your catalog.
  2. After the purchase order is signed, the order will be processed.
  3. NoveList Select Support will send an introductory email requesting a date/time to schedule a phone call to speak with the library’s system/catalog administrator about NoveList Select for Catalog set-up. The purpose of this phone call is to gather some preliminary information needed for NoveList Select for Catalog configuration and to share integration options available to your library. It is also an opportunity to answer any questions that your library may have.
  4. NoveList Select Support calls your library at the scheduled date/time.
  5. After the phone call, NoveList will send you necessary follow-up information, including:
  • Examples of sites that have integrated NoveList Select for Catalog.
  • Instructions for setting up and uploading your local holdings information.
  • Other information needed based on your library’s catalog and information gathered during the phone call.
  1. If your library chooses, you will then set up local holdings per the instructions sent. Setting up local holdings means that the recommendations made in the catalog will only be from your library’s collection. Please note that NoveList Select Support can assist your library in this process.
  2. NoveList Select Support will configure your NoveList Select for Catalog profile and create/test the HTML snippet needed for configuration.
  3. NoveList Select Support sends your library the HTML snippet or information to pass along to your ILS vendor (this will depend on your library’s catalog).
  4. NoveList Select Support works with your library to integrate NoveList Select for Catalog into the library catalog.

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Overview of Display Options

There are several ways to display NoveList content at your detailed book record, in order to optimally fit your library's catalog needs. Options include:

  • Displaying book jackets for titles in a series, similar titles, and other content where book titles are referenced.
  • Direction of display. Content can be displayed horizontally or vertically, with or without book jackets. In addition, you can choose how many columns to use in organizing content.
  • Reducing the space used by limiting the size for sections of content and allowing for links to hidden content.
  • Selecting different text alignments for content display. 

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Optional Upgrades

NoveList Select for Catalog users have the option to purchase additional content to display in their catalogs. Optional upgrade packages offer the opportunity to add the following data from Content Café to their catalogs:

  • Full color book jacket images
  • Full color cover art images for other formats (i.e. multimedia)
  • Biographical information about the author
  • Text from the book flap
  • Brief summary of the book
  • Table of contents
  • Sample pages and excerpts from the book
  • Professional reviews from:
    • Library Journal (1991 to present)
    • School Library Journal (1995 to present)
    • Publishers Weekly (1995 to present)
    • Booklist (1995 to present)
    • All Book News
    • Choice Reviews (1995 to present)
    • Criticas Reviews (1995 to 2009)
    • E-Streams Reviews (1999 to present)
    • ForeWord Magazine (1999 to present)
    • Horn Book Guide (1994 to present)
    • Horn Book Magazine (1995 to present)
    • PW Annex (1996 to present)
    • Voice of Youth Advocates (1997 to present)
  • Music/Video release information from Muze (including CD track listings and similar video releases, if available)

For more information about these optional upgrades and how you can purchase them, see http://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/ou...elect-upgrades.

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Statistics

NoveList Select for Catalog customers can request that their statistics be run and sent to them monthly.  This monthly report provides “click counts” that reflects how many times readers clicked on the different pieces of NoveList Select for Catalog content.  If you would like to receive this monthly report, contact us at NoveListSelectSupport@ebsco.com.

The following is an example of the monthly report you would receive:

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Note: Your library’s configuration may not have all of these pieces enabled.

  1. Biography – Your library can purchase an add-on from Content Café to display biographical information about the author.  Stats will measure the number of clicks to view these biographies.
  2. Cover Flap - Your library can purchase an add-on from Content Café to display the text from a selected book’s cover flap.  Stats will measure the number of clicks to view these cover flaps.
  3. eResource Recommendations – NoveList Select for Catalog can display links to suggested eResources based on the selected book.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on an eResource link.
  4. Evanced Content – Libraries that are customers of Evanced Solutions Events can promote events that relate to the selected book.  Stats will measure clicks on the event links.
  5. Excerpt - Your library can purchase an add-on from Content Café to display excerpts from a selected book.  Stats will measure the number of clicks to view these excerpts.
  6. Goodreads – NoveList Select for Catalog can display a link to reader reviews from Goodreads in your catalog.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on the link to Goodreads.
  7. Lexile Info – A Lexile chart is available for titles that have been given Lexile ratings.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on the “View Chart” link.
  8. LibraryAware – Libraries that subscribe to our LibraryAware product can display promotional items in the library catalog.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on each promotional item.
  9. NextReads Opt In – Libraries that subscriber to NextReads can display a list of related NextReads newsletters with a link to the opt-in page for readers to sign up for NextReads newsletters.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on the opt-in page link.
  10. Related Content Item – Some articles or lists from the “Extras from NoveList” section will include links to other books in your catalog.  Stats will measure the number of clicks from these articles or lists to books in your catalog.
  11. Related Content Item PLink - Some articles or lists from the “Extras from NoveList” section will include links to view a book in NoveList Plus.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these “View in NoveList” links.*
  12. Related NextReads Newsletter - Libraries that subscribe to NextReads can display a list of related NextReads newsletters.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these newsletter links.
  13. Related NoveList Content – The “Extras from NoveList” section of NoveList Select will list any related lists or articles from NoveList.  Stats will measure any clicks on these links to open an article or list.
  14. Review - Your library can purchase an add-on from Content Café to display professional reviews for a selected book.  Stats will measure the number of clicks to view these reviews.
  15. Series PLink – When viewing a title that is part of a series, you will see a list of the books in the series.  Beside the series name is a “View in NoveList” link that will take you to the NoveList series record for more information.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these “View in NoveList” links.*
  16. Series Titles - When viewing a title that is part of a series, you'll get a list of the books in the series if NoveList Plus contains series information for that title.  Each title in the series will contain a link to search for the book in the library catalog.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these catalog links.
  17. Series Titles PLink - When viewing a title that is part of a series, you'll get a list of the books in the series if NoveList Plus contains series information for that title.  Click the “View in NoveList” link for a title to view the NoveList book record. Stats will measure the number of clicks on these “View in NoveList” links.*
  18. Similar Authors – NoveList Select for Catalog displays a list of recommended authors, from which you can click the author name to search for the author in the library catalog.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these links.
  19. Similar Authors PLink – NoveList Select for Catalog displays a list of recommended authors.  You can click the “View in NoveList” link for an author to view the NoveList author record. Stats will measure the number of clicks on these “View in NoveList” links.*
  20. Similar Series PLink – When viewing a title that is part of a series, NoveList Select for Catalog will display series recommendations.  Click the “View in NoveList” link for a series to view the NoveList series record.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these “View in NoveList” link.*
  21. Similar Titles – NoveList Select for Catalog displays a list of recommended titles, from which you can click the title link to search for the book in the library catalog.  Stats will measure the number of clicks on these links.
  22. Similar Titles PLink – NoveList Select for Catalog displays a list of recommended titles.  You can click the “View in NoveList” link for a title to view the NoveList book record. Stats will measure the number of clicks on these “View in NoveList” links.*
  23. Table of Contents - Your library can purchase an add-on from Content Café to display the table of contents for a selected book.  Stats will measure the number of clicks to view these tables of content.


Note: Our Similar Series section does not currently contain a clickable link.

*Only subscribers of NoveList Plus can configure NoveList Select for Catalog with the “View in NoveList” links.  These links will take the reader from your catalog into the NoveList Plus interface.

In your monthly report, the delta represents the percentage change in the number of clicks from the previous month to the current month (see example above). For example, if the number of clicks for May is 100 and the number of clicks for June is 125, the percentage change, or delta, from one month to the next, is 25%.

If you have any questions about your NoveList Select for Catalog usage statistics, please send us an email at NoveListSelectSupport@ebsco.com.

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Elements and Presentation

Series Information

When viewing a title that is part of a series, you'll get a list of the books in the series if NoveList contains series information for that title. The titles owned by your library will be hyperlinked to their respective pages in your catalog. Users get the benefit of knowing all of the books in the series, even if you don’t own them. For instance, when viewing a book from a series within the library catalog, the remaining titles would display, providing additional reading recommendations to the user. Since links are only provided for those owned, users don’t have to search for each title to determine whether you own it.

The links to titles in the catalog are created by EBSCOadmin custom linking using a “library link.” The library link can be set up to link to holdings using Author plus Title.

By default, NoveList Select for Catalog adds several elements to the Series Title Display, including:

  1. Series Name: The series name is displayed in bold as the first element of the Series Titles display.
  2. Alternate Series Name: If an alternate series name exists, it is displayed next to the series name pre-pended with the phrase “AKA.”
  3. Volume Numbers: If there are volume numbers associated with the books in a series, they will be displayed next to the appropriate book title.
  4. Collection Identification: The term “(collection)” has been added to identify books that have no main author.
  5. If there is additional information about the series, it is displayed after the list of books in the series.

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Similar Series

The Similar Series display contains hand-picked recommendations from readers' advisory experts, answering the question "if a reader of this series was looking for the next series to read, what would you recommend?"

Series recommendations will be provided beneath the list of books in that series.  Catalog users can provide feedback on these recommendations.  Hover over the book jacket for a recommended series with your mouse. The “Like” and “Dislike” links will display.  Once you click on either link, you will see a “Care to tell us why?” link.  Clicking on this link will open a feedback form to send NoveList more detailed information about why you liked/disliked the recommendation.

You can view the series titles for each series recommendation, by clicking the “Show Titles” link under the series book jacket.  A pop-up window will display to show the series titles in reading order.  Series titles owned by your library will be hyperlinked to their respective pages in your catalog.

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Similar Titles

The Similar Titles feature provides read-alike suggestions for millions of titles. Many of the suggestions are drawn from the work of readers’ advisory professionals among NoveList’s staff and contributors -- suggestions they would provide a patron who came to them looking for a recommendation. The suggestions are drawn from your full collection, not just the current (and checked-out) best sellers. And using our Local Holdings feature, suggestions will only be made for books that your system owns.

By default, NoveList Select for Catalog attempts to provide you with ten suggestions. If there are not enough hand-crafted suggestions for the title being viewed or if you don’t own enough of them, then a complex search algorithm uses NoveList’s rich cataloged data to retrieve reading recommendations that are similar to the book being viewed. Created by catalogers at NoveList, this algorithm yields much better results than searching on a single subject, as most tag clouds do.

When the best-selling or popular titles that your readers are looking for are either checked out or have long hold queues, this feature executes a search of NoveList’s database of over five million titles and retrieves titles that are similar to the book your reader is interested in and sorts these results by relevance. The titles that your readers see are not only based on NoveList’s readers’ advisory expertise, but they can also be limited to titles owned by your library.

The links generated will redirect the user to the catalog page for that title. These links are created by EBSCOadmin custom linking.

A key part to these recommendations is the explanation of why a title is being recommended. Hovering over the "Why?" link will display text explaining why the title is being recommended:

Catalog users can provide feedback on these recommendations.  Hover over the book jacket for a recommended title with your mouse. The “Like” and “Dislike” links will display.  Once you click on either link, you will see a “Care to tell us why?” link.  Clicking on this link will open a feedback form to send NoveList more detailed information about why you liked/disliked the recommendation. 

Each ILS vendor provides the capability to have a custom style defined for the site. The display of NoveList content within the library catalog will match the existing look and feel defined by the site.

Like the Series Titles section, NoveList Select for Catalog introduces several configurable display options for Similar Titles.

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Similar Authors

The Similar Authors display contains hand-picked recommendations from readers’ advisory experts, answering the question “if a reader of author A came to you looking for their next book and you didn’t have it, what other author would you recommend they try?”  When viewing a book with all the default display settings, the following similar authors display will be rendered:

NoveList Plus subscribers can also get links to an author search in NoveList Plus for each similar author. 

Catalog users can provide feedback on these recommendations.  Hover over the recommended author name with your mouse. The “Like” and “Dislike” links will display.  Once you click on either link, you will see a “Care to tell us why?” link.  Clicking on this link will open a feedback form to send NoveList more detailed information about why you liked/disliked the recommendation.


 
Like other sections, Similar Authors has a number of display options that change the way the section is rendered on the page.

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Appeals from NoveList

Appeal factors are very different from subject headings, as they help readers decide whether or not a book is “their style.”  Appeals are a signature feature of NoveList -- they help us match readers with their perfect books.  Librarians who pioneered the idea of appeals include Joyce Saricks, Nancy Pearl, and Neal Wyatt. NoveList continues in that great tradition by defining our own set of appeal terms which we then apply to titles in our database.

NoveList's appeal terms fall into a few broad categories including:

Character (e.g. believable, culturally diverse, quirky, etc.)
Storyline (e.g. action-packed, character-driven, sweeping, etc.)
Pace (e.g. fast-paced, leisurely paced, etc.)
Tone (e.g. bleak, funny, sarcastic, etc.)
Writing Style (e.g. descriptive, gritty, lyrical, etc.)
Illustration (e.g. cartoony, impressionistic, realistic, etc.)
Audio Characteristics (e.g. folksy, energetic, read by the author, etc.)

NoveList Select for Catalog will include Appeals from NoveList in your library's catalog records:

Clicking on a link for any appeal factor will open a pop-up window that displays more information about the appeal factor, including a definition of the term and a list of other titles with that same appeal factor.  These suggested titles can also be found in your library’s collection.

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Recommended Lists & Articles from NoveList

The Recommended Lists & Articles from NoveList display brings the comprehensive online readers’ advisory tool, NoveList, directly to your catalog. Once the user views a detail record within the catalog, they will have access to Book Discussion Guides, Recommended Reads Lists, Award Winner Lists, and much more. All of this rich editorial content is crafted by librarians and reading authorities who are experts in the field, and now this premier readers’ advisory content can be viewed directly from within the library catalog.

For example, when viewing Divergent by Veronica Roth the following related content will display:

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Goodreads Reviews

With over 6.2 million members, Goodreads is the second largest social site for readers and book recommendations in the world. By collaborating with Goodreads, NoveList Select for Catalog can display user reviews in your catalog records, providing another means of connecting readers with books.

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Related NextReads Newsletters

NoveList’s NextReads is an email-based newsletter outreach service that promotes your library and its collection to patrons and members of your community. Libraries can create their own NextReads reading lists or choose any or all of our 25 popular book newsletters written by the professional librarians at NoveList. Each newsletter contains book suggestions on both new releases and those not-so-new-but-really-good reads that might otherwise be overlooked in your library collection. Newsletters are branded for the library and blend right in with the library’s website design. Click here for more information about NextReads.

For those libraries that subscribe to NextReads, adding the related NextReads newsletters feature to your catalog will allow you to display links to the newsletters that focus on a related genre/subject to the title being viewed, along with a link to the library's newsletter opt-in page where patrons can subscribe to NextReads newsletters.

When viewing a title in your catalog, the following related NextReads newsletter links will be displayed:

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Related E-Resources

The Related E-Resources feature provides a listing of suggested e-resources that might be useful to patrons interested in the selected book.  At a book’s record within the catalog, you will find a list of e-resources under the “Search These Related E-Resources” heading.

NoveList has a list of e-resources, including those from EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest, that are available to display in this section.  Libraries can choose the e-resources from this list that they want to make available in their catalog records. Contact NoveList Select staff at NoveListSelectSupport@ebsco.com for more information.

When viewing a title in your catalog, the following related e-resources display will be rendered:

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Each e-resource listing will include a description of the e-resource and a link to the login page to access the e-resource. 

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LibraryAware in Your Catalog

LibraryAware is an online service designed to meet libraries’ online, print, and social media promotional needs. With LibraryAware, libraries can create professional looking promotional materials like bookmarks, brochures, flyers, and posters, and then deliver them through a number of communication channels.  Click here for more information about LibraryAware.

Libraries that subscribe to LibraryAware can post the promotional items (like flyers and bookmarks) that they create, directly to NoveList Select’s “What’s New at Your Library” feature in their catalog.

When setting up a LibraryAware post, users will define Audience Levels and Subject Headings to attach to the post.  A post will only display for book records with those same Audience Levels and Subject Headings.  If nothing is posted to the “What’s New at Your Library” section of NoveList Select for Catalog, this section will not display.

When viewing a title in your catalog, the following “What’s New at Your Library” display will be rendered:

Each LibraryAware post will include a title and description, and a thumbnail image of the promotional item.  Item titles will link to a larger view of the promotional item.

LibraryAware users can view LibraryAware Help to learn more about posting items to their catalog.

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Evanced Events

The Related Events at Your Library section shows related events provided by Evanced Solutions. If you are an Evanced Solutions Events/SignUp customer, you can display events that relate to the book a user has searched for in your catalog. For example, the image below shows a related events display for a fictitious library after a user has searched for a book in your catalog with related events:

At the Evanced Solutions Event Maintenance page, events can be loaded with related subject terms. When a user searches your catalog and selects a desired book, the subject terms associated with the book are compared to the subject terms entered in the list of events. If at least one subject term matches, the event is displayed alongside the catalog item selected.

For maximum coverage for a certain genre of book, use the terms provided below. To narrow the matches to more specific terms, search in NoveList for a book that is representative of the kind of books you want likened to your event. Click on the "More About This Book" tab, and note the Genres, Subject Headings, and/or Locations that represent the topic area of the event. Try to limit terms to those with the widest appeal; using too many terms will drastically reduce the number of times your event information will display. Lean toward the more encompassing terms. You can also try a search in NoveList using the terms you selected as an estimate of how many titles will display your event information.

Below is a screenshot of the Evanced Solutions Event Maintenance Add/Edit Event page. Relevant subject terms are entered into the “Other Info” field as a ‘/’ separated list to match the event with books in the catalog. For customers using Evanced Signup, the field is labeled “tags.”

You can create an Evanced Event for NoveList Select from the Evanced Events maintenance page:

  1. Select Add New Event or Edit an existing event.
  2. Enter NoveList subject terms (from the list below) in the Other Info field, separating each term with a forward slash ( / ) to associate those terms with your event.  
  3. You can limit the event audience by adding a NoveList audience limiter string to the list created in step number 2. For example, add the word "Adults"  to display the event only in records for Adult materials. You can also limit to "Teens," "Ages 9-12," and "Ages 0-8." If no limiter is specified, the event will display for all works with matching subject terms. If multiple limiters are specified, the event will display in records that match any of the limiters.
  4. You can add an image to the "Optional Image Display Path" field that will display in the NoveList Select for Catalog Related Events.
  5. Related Events will only display in NoveList Select for Catalog when at least one of the searched book's subject terms matches one of the terms filled out in the "Other Info" field and when the event will take place within 30 days from the current date/time. Past events will not display.

In order for an event to display in a NoveList Select for Catalog record, the Subject Terms entered must match those used in NoveList. Most books in NoveList contain at least one of the following subject terms, but please be aware that a very small percentage of titles in NoveList do not have any associated genre:

    Adventure stories
    Arts and Entertainment
    Biographies
    Autobiographies and memoirs
    Business and economics
    Christian fiction
    Domestic fiction
    Fantasy fiction
    Graphic novels
    Historical fiction
    History writing
    Horror
    Literary fiction
    Love stories
    Mysteries
    Nature writing
    Psychological fiction
    Science fiction
    Science writing
    Spirituality and religion
    Sports and Competition
    Thrillers and suspense
    Travel writing
    Urban fiction
    Women’s Lives and Relationships

You can find more specific subject terms for a title from the NoveList Book Detail page. In NoveList, search for your title. You will either be taken directly to the Detail page or to a Result List with records that match your search term. Click the title link from the Result List to access the Detail page. You'll find the complete listing of subject terms for that title from the "More About This Book" tab beneath the citation area.  
 
The above list is not a complete list of all subject or genre terms used in NoveList; there are several hundred genres altogether and many more subjects. To view a complete list, see the Subjects/Appeals authority, accessible from the Advanced Search page in the NoveList interface (under the Browse section). At the Subjects/Appeals authority screen, click on the "Select type" drop-down, choose "Genre," and then click the Go button.  Some subject and genre terms in NoveList include dashes, for example "History Writing -- Women's History."  Terms with dashes will not work in Evanced, so it is best to use terms that do not include dashes, for the above example you can use "History Writing" instead.

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Lexiles

NoveList reading levels are determined by age, but reading abilities and interests vary widely within a specific age group. MetaMetrics is a North Carolina-based company that developed Lexile ratings to measure how difficult a book is to comprehend and how well a student can read. This measurement is used to determine how well that student will likely understand a particular book. The Lexile Text Measure indicates the reading demand of that text in terms of semantic difficulty (word frequency) and syntactic complexity (sentence length). The Lexile scale ranges from below 200 for beginning reader material to above 1700 for advanced text.

When available, a Lexile rating will be displayed in the title record in your catalog:

Clicking the Lexile link in your catalog will display additional information about Lexiles:

Use the Lexile Search feature, below the Lexile rating, to search for titles with a similar Lexile rating.  Customize the Lexile range and click the Search link to find additional titles in your library’s catalog.

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Link to NoveList

The "More about this title..." section adds a link directly to the book record in NoveList. The link can be configured to any NoveList interface.

When a patron clicks the link, they will be directed to a login page to access NoveList. In the NoveList interface they will be able to view more information about the title and search for more read-alikes.

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Integrating with the Results Page

Some ILS vendors allow NoveList Select recommendations to be shown on the results page of the catalog:

  • BiblioCommons: For books that are checked out, patrons will see a "While You Wait" section under the title. When this section is expanded, NoveList recommendations for the book are shown, with availability information.

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  • EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS): Links to Title, Series, and Author recommendations will display at the results page. When a link is clicked, a pop-up will open with the recommendations.

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Displaying Collection Information for Recommendations

On The Shelf (OTS) provides real-time availability information for the NoveList Select for Catalog title recommendations in your catalog.  OTS helps answer several questions:

  • Is this title available at my library?
  • Which formats are available?
  • Are there any copies available right now for me to check out?

Interested in adding OTS to NoveList Select in your catalog?
See more information on setting up OTS for your library.  You can let us know that you're interested by sending an email to NoveListSelectSupport@ebsco.com. We'll guide you through the set-up requirements.

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Providing Local Holdings

Overview

When you provide NoveList with your local holdings data, the title recommendations returned by NoveList Select for Catalog will only include those titles in your collection. For series titles, local holdings data allows links to be generated for only the series titles in your collection, however, all titles in the series will be displayed.

You can also provide real-time availability information with our On The Shelf feature.

What do you need to upload your local holdings data?

Most libraries export their entire local collection to a file. The file should contain only ISBNs (ISBN10s and ISBN13s can be mixed in the same file), one per line. You can upload the file via EBSCOadmin. See below for instructions on uploading your local collection file.

If your export procedure is not able to generate a file of only ISBNs, NoveList Support will guide you through the process. We have tools that can extract ISBNs from your export file.

How often should you upload your local holdings data?

This depends on several factors, primarily on the rate at which you remove titles from and add titles to your collection. Most libraries upload monthly.

Local Holdings and NoveList

Your subscription to the NoveList database can also use your local holdings data. When you upload your local collection, the database will indicate which titles in your search results are held in your collection. You can also set up your local collection as a limiter, so that searching can be limited to only those results which are found in your local collection. For more information see this FAQ: In EBSCOadmin, how do I create a local collection limiter?.

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Uploading Your Local Collection

If you have your account’s credentials for EBSCOadmin, then you can upload the local collection file yourself.

  1. Log in to EBSCOadmin.
  2. Click on the Local Collections tab.
  3. If this is the first upload of your local collection, use the following steps (if you have previously uploaded your collection , see step 4):
    1. Click the Add a New Collection link.
    2. Enter a Collection ID. For example, "isbns," or "barrie_isbns."
    3. Enter a Description. For example, "Collection of isbns."
    4. Click Submit.
    5. Go to step 4a.
  4. If this is NOT your first upload of your local collection:
    1. In the list of collections, find the name of the collection (Collection ID) that you used in step 5, and click its Go link in the Setup/Maintain Titles column.
    2. Click the Upload Local Titles link.
    3. Make sure the Collection ID is the same one you entered in step 3b.
    4. Make sure that the ISSN/ISBN field contains the value: [1].
    5. Make sure that the Title field contains the value: [2].
    6. Select Append or Replace. For the initial upload, either option works. For future uploads, Append will add to the existing collection, and Replace will replace the existing collection with the new file being uploaded.
    7. Use the Browse button to locate your file. The file must be a .txt or .csv file.  Please note that if your ISBN file is larger than 5MB, you will need to split it into files that are less than 5MB and upload them one at a time.
    8. Enter your email address in the Notify via Email upon Completion field to be notified when your file has been uploaded.
    9. Click Submit.

As needed, update your local holdings data using the same Collection ID, by appending or replacing the current file.

Note: When you upload your collection for the first time, you will need to notify NoveList Support so that they can update your profile to ensure that the file you uploaded will get processed. Uploaded files are processed for NoveList Select at night.

If you are unable to upload your file to EBSCOadmin, please contact us at NoveListSelectSupport@ebsco.com.

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Integrating NoveList Select for Catalog

Adding Code to Your Catalog

Integrating NoveList Select for Catalog into your catalog requires an HTML script (<script>) tag and one or more division (<div>) tags to be placed where you would like content to be displayed. This will insert NoveList content for the title, author, or series being viewed.

The location of the div tag and script block may vary for each customer. Some catalogs restrict custom HTML to sidebars, for example, while others allow it anywhere on the page. For the area that customers have access to change, the location of the HTML tags will further depend on where they want the content. All featured content is displayed where the div tag is placed. The features to include are configured in EBSCOadmin.

All searches for featured content are performed with the ISBN that is found for the title being viewed within the catalog.

Simple Deployment (Inserting All NoveList Content)

The simplest way to deploy NoveList Select for Catalog is to add a single div tag and the required script tag. This will insert content from all available NoveList products. The id attribute of the tag controls what content will be inserted. The NoveList content will be added between the beginning div tag and the ending div tag.

Adding more control over location of NoveList content

Various levels of greater control are available, if needed. These map to the three categories of content and the specific content features available. Remember, you only need the one JavaScript tag no matter how many NoveList Select div tag ids you use.

    Inserting Content by Categories
    You can explicitly define the location of one or more of the three categories of content:

  • Book suggestions (e.g., similar titles, similar authors)
  • Book information (e.g., books in a series)
  • Related content from the NoveList family of products (e.g., NoveList Content, NextReads Newsletters, Related Events)

    Inserting Content by Specific Features
    You can also place specific content features in different places on your detail record page. These content features include:

  • Similar Titles
  • Similar Authors
  • Books in this Series
  • Similar Series
  • Lexile
  • Extras from NoveList
  • Goodreads Reviews
  • Related NextReads Newsletters
  • LibraryAware promotional items
  • Related eResources
  • Related Events
  • Professional Reviews
  • Inside this book

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Summary of Integration

NoveList Select for Catalog provides an easy way to provide your patrons with hand-crafted suggestions and other related content that is coordinated with your collection.

You can provide all NoveList product family content in one place using Simple Deployment, or you can explicitly control the location of specific categories or content features.  To add this content, simply add one or more div tags to any HTML in your catalog system, plus a script tag that provides JavaScript functionality to connect your catalog to NoveList.

You may also upload a list of ISBNs so that NoveList Select can filter results by your local holdings.

For help with installation, questions about usage or to find out more, contact NoveList Select staff at NoveListSelectSupport@ebsco.com.

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