We will soon be changing from Book News to a new service called Select Reads (pictures attached). Select Reads is a better-looking version of Book News and will be more user-friendly for staff and patrons. All items will be linked back to the catalog for patrons to check availability.
In addition to the monthly newsletters, Select Reads has some new features:
- AuthorCheck. From the website – “Author Check is a library service enabling you to create a list of your favorite authors that are currently available in your library’s catalog. You will receive an email notice as soon as the library orders a new title by one of your authors, with a link into the catalog to place your own hold!”
- AuthorSpotlight. The AuthorSpotlights are newsletters patrons can subscribe to, or just browse through. They feature authors from a variety of different categories and offer descriptions of that person’s work, an example title, and some title suggestions based on that author.
- Awards Lists. SelectReads has many awards lists available for patrons to browse. Each list has an explanation of the award and once a patron chooses to view an entry, they can easily check our catalog to see if a title is available.
- My SelectReads. This allows patrons to essentially create their own weekly newsletters. Patrons can type in keywords and receive emails with recently added titles containing their interests. A drop-down list will appear as patrons type to offer suggestions. If no new titles meeting a patron’s criteria have been added since their last email, the service will skip emailing them that week.