IPSWICH, Mass. — June 25, 2013 — A new partnership between NoveList and 3M will feature NoveList reading recommendations as part of the 3M SelfCheck experience. Readers will encounter NoveList's high-quality recommendations when they check out using a 3M SelfCheck station. By expanding the reach of readers' advisory services to include the self-check out experience, NoveList and 3M have created an innovative user experience that has never before been available to readers.
Readers will find that the check out process is still very straightforward, but now as readers check out items they will be shown other titles that might interest them (and that are owned by their library). Users can choose to place a hold on featured items at the station, receive recommendations by email for review later, or print recommendations on their receipt.
While this partnership creates a unique experience for readers, it also promotes library services. A single check out transaction is turned into an opportunity for future interaction as it encourages readers to return to the library for more and readers will discover more of the library's collection, with recommendations based on the titles they already like. Additionally, it reinforces the idea that the library is more than a book delivery service – it is a book discovery one as well.
Skip Driessen, 3M Library Systems Business Manager says the partnership will significantly enhance the process for patrons. "We're thrilled to be partnering with NoveList on our Recommended Read feature for the new SelfCheck QuickConnect Interface. Their experience and history in this area helps us to bring a first-rate product to libraries that will revolutionize the self check-out process."
Vice President of NoveList, Duncan Smith says this new partnership will expose readers to more of what the library has to offer and turn self-check into an entirely new experience. "Our partnership enables NoveList and 3M to deliver an innovative solution to the challenges facing libraries today. Working together we will transform self-check from being just a quick and efficient way for readers to borrow books to an experience that connects readers with more of what the library has to offer, including book discovery."
Libraries must have purchased NoveList Select to enable this connection. Current NoveList Select customers can have it turned on at no charge. NoveList Select is the catalog enrichment component of NoveList readers' advisory resources. This component pulls NoveList content into a library's catalog. NoveList Select makes reading recommendations, series information, book discussion guides, Goodreads ratings and reviews, library newsletters and events available to library patrons from within the catalog record and now through self-check stations.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET, EBSCO's total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 420,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.