Use Booklist Top 10s and Pin for the Win!

Covers definitely catch the eye. But in our fast-paced world, patrons often find themselves overwhelmed by shelves and shelves of choices. They want the best books, fast. Here are three ways to take your readers’ advisory interactions to the next level with Booklist:

Try showing one of our Pinterest boards to your customers. Every year, Booklist pins the top ten reviewed titles by category on Pinterest. By pulling up the Booklist Pinterest board that matches the customer’s interest, you can also link directly to the Booklist review of the title if the customer wants more information. Voila! A book love connection.

Take it to the next level. Do some pinning of your own! If your library has a Pinterest account, you can easily save our pins to your own board(s) and connect your customers to Booklist resources. If you like, it’s easy to link your pin to your own catalog, too: just follow these handy instructions from OCLC.

Take it even further. Why not add the Booklist info to the metadata in your catalog? You could help customers locate these exceptional titles by adding a note to the 586 field in the books’ MARC records. If your catalog supports shareable booklists or user tags, this is another way to use the top ten lists as a method of discovery.

Here’s to better browsing and connecting your patrons to craveable books 24/7.

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About the Author:

Erin Downey Howerton is a public librarian in Kansas. Follow her on Twitter at @hybridlib.

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