NoveList, a division of EBSCO Publishing, has announced the launch of the NextReads email newsletter service. NextReads is a subscription-based email readers' advisory and library marketing service. This service provides libraries with more than 20 customizable subject and genre-specific title lists that target customer demand and interest. Available lists include fiction (Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, etc.) and non-fiction (Armchair Travel, Biography, Do-It-Yourself, Spirituality and Religion, etc.)
Each issue of NextReads is sent to subscribing libraries 60 days ahead of actual delivery to patrons, allowing for collection review and order placement, if desired. In addition, current Baker and Taylor customers will be able to link directly from the advanced newsletter copy to Title Source 3 to order any titles not yet found in their own collection. Libraries also have the option to edit each newsletter prior to patron delivery in order to tailor the content to reflect local holdings or to add library event or program information. Delivery of newsletters is monthly or bimonthly, and is automatic. The NextReads application may also be used by libraries to create and deliver locally created newsletters featuring "Staff Picks" lists or even book club selections.
NextReads works with each library in setting up the required pages on a library's Web site for newsletter sign-up. After selecting the particular newsletter lists that are of interest to them, patrons enter an email address to subscribe. The patron will receive the most recent issue(s) of interest, with local library branding and links to their library OPAC. Customers can request and/or place a hold on a title of interest in the library's holdings.
EBSCO Publishing has released Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text. While the index-only version of LISTA will continue to be made available free of charge to all users at www.libraryresearch.com, LISTA with Full Text is made available for an additional annual subscription cost. LISTA with Full Text provides users with indexing found in LISTA including more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings. In addition, the full text of more than 100 titles is provided. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
EBSCO has also announced the availability of new features and enhanced functionality for the EBSCOhost interface. Some of the key features that will be added/enhanced include: RSS Enabled Alerts; EBSCOhost Clustering; Printing, Emailing and Saving in Standard Industry formats; Visual Search; Database Groupings by Subject; and Tutorials Included in EBSCOhost Online Help.
The company has also announced the launch of free Web-based event kits to help libraries promote their online resources for young adults. The first, History-It's Happening!, is designed for Middle and High school libraries as well as the Young Adult area of public libraries. This resource is designed to promote North America's vivid history and help celebrate events such as Women's History Month. History-It's Happening! also features a section for librarians and teachers that highlights suggestions for using the site as well as provides a sample email announcement, search tips, and selected teacher guides. The second event kit offered by EBSCO is entitled It's a Reading Rave! This site can help young adults find articles from a favorite magazine, explore literature with help from NoveList, and use other interactive reading resources.
(http://www.epnet.com/historypromo; www.libraryresearch.com; www.NextReads.com)