Have you heard about NoveList Book Squad? Book Squad is a newsletter put out by NoveList that delivers RA tips and tricks, genre information, display ideas, and showcases interesting and relevant topics for discussion at your library. You can select a number of topics to receive information about, just like how NextReads works.
I find Book Squad most useful for unique and simple display ideas. For example, a recent newsletter featured a picture of a “Killer Summer Reads” display with a selection of horror titles to get started. Most newsletters also come with readymade posters, bookmarks, and other printables that you can use in your own library. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
It’s a good idea to make sure all the titles are in your library’s collection before you print out posters. Even if you’re not interested in printing out any of the materials, it is a good way to ideas for displays and then populate them with books right off your own shelves. If you don’t like the display they’ve made, it helps to jump start the brainstorming process or bring new possibilities and topics to light.
Of course, NoveList is interested in self-promotion, so the newsletters also provides tips for using NoveList for your RA inquiries, links to NoveList training materials like genre outlines, and other ideas about how to use NoveList at your own library. And, because NoveList is an American company, a lot of the content tends to be more American in focus.
Have you used this resource and found it useful? Let us know in the comments below!
Sarah Jost – Information Services Librarian at FVRL