I am delighted to announce our new professional development hub, Learn with NoveList. If you’ve ever wanted to level up your readers’ advisory knowledge or find new ways to promote your collection so that it circulates more, you’ll want to pay attention to this news.

If you’re anything like me, you didn’t have an opportunity to officially learn readers’ advisory or marketing before working at a library. It wasn’t until years later that I picked it up, mostly through on-the-job experience. This is fairly common, I think. Many of us pick up additional skills in the workplace, learning bits here and there.

Wouldn’t it be great to get some dedicated instruction, when you need it, from an experienced person?

Learn with NoveList is just that kind of opportunity. It’s a chance to take classes created and taught by professionals who deeply understand books and readers and how to work effectively with them. Or to learn from someone who has designed inventive promotion strategies to increase use of their collections.

One recent participant describes the impact this kind of learning can make: “I would highly recommend this class to libraries of all sizes that want to be better at marketing. We’ve never been taught how to do this, and it isn’t first nature for many of us. However, if we apply ourselves as [the instructor taught] us, we can be more successful at telling our story and delivering positive outcomes."

Our Learn with NoveList instructors are all experts with lots of experience in the profession. They really know their stuff and they’re ready to share it with you.

Here are the broad topics you’ll find on Learn with NoveList:

Learn with NoveList is designed with maximum flexibility in mind. There are options ranging from short introductory topics to longer deep dives, offered as live or self-paced courses. Some courses are available for individual access, and some are available through institutional purchases. We’ll be expanding our offerings as we grow – and would love to hear from you about what other topics or options would help you in your library work.

Our intention is for everyone who takes one of these courses to leave feeling inspired and more confident in their professional practice. As one of our recent attendees said, “This [course] not only gave me useful tools but perhaps most importantly it boosted my confidence so that RA no longer seems as scary.”

We’re looking forward to seeing you in class!

Your staff is your library’s most valuable resource, and ongoing professional development keeps their skills sharp and relevant. We can help build the confidence and capacity they need to represent your library more effectively to readers, whether it’s at the desk, in the stacks, or through book displays, newsletters, and social media. 

Danielle Borasky is the Vice President of NoveList. She is currently reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.