NoveList began with a problem many library workers face on a daily basis, namely that the world of books is too vast for one person's memory. Founder Duncan's Smith's idea was a database that would be a "secret weapon" for keeping track of all the great books out there to recommend. Smith worked with Roger Rohweder and John Strickler to create the first version of NoveList, which sold in 1994. When EBSCO Information Services acquired NoveList from CARL in 1999, there were only five employees.
Since then, NoveList has taken its mission of empowering libraries to engage with readers to heart with services like NextReads Newsletters (launched in 2006), NoveList Select (launched in 2007), and LibraryAware (launched in 2012). These three services help libraries reach their readers where their readers are looking, whether it's in their email, in their catalog, on social, or while browsing the stacks. We've also introduced new metadata to help libraries search for books and talk with readers in language their readers are using. Our Story Elements of appeal factors, themes, and genres combine to be a robust way to talk get the conversation about that perfect book started and to use while promoting books and the library.
Today, NoveList, a division of EBSCO, has more than 50 employees dedicated to working with libraries to transform lives through reading. We're proud to be on this journey with you.