EBSCO Publishing and NoveList are on schedule for the release of NoveList Plus—an enhanced version of the original database that will also include nonfiction titles. According to Duncan Smith, NoveList creator and product manager, NoveList Plus represents the company's most significant development effort in this product line since NoveList was first introduced in 1994.
A national survey of over 1,200 public librarians (conducted by NoveList in 2005) documented the need for a resource that does for nonfiction what NoveList does for fiction, according to the announcement. It also pointed out that existing bibliographic data will not meet the needs of nonfiction readers. In addition to this finding, the survey indicated that a nonfiction readers' advisory resource should contain browsing lists and lists of award winners as well as author read-alikes, reviews, and book discussion guides for popular titles. NoveList Plus will be an upgrade to NoveList, and will contain the entire NoveList service.
In addition to expanding its staff, NoveList is drawing on the expertise of many of the leading names in readers' advisory service to develop the product's title database and create the content that users need and expect from NoveList. Joyce Saricks, author of Readers Advisory Service in the Public Library (ALA, 2005); Neal Wyatt, author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to NonFiction (ALA, forthcoming 2007), and Dr. Robert Burgin, editor of Non-Fiction Readers' Advisory (Libraries Unlimited, 2004) are among the experts working with NoveList staff on this project.
NoveList Plus will be available in early 2008. In addition to including information on nonfiction titles, NoveList Plus will have a new interface and many additional user-requested features. More information about this new product will be available in June 2007 at the American Library Association meeting in Washington, DC.
Source: EBSCO Publishing, http://epnet.com/