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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

RA for All Virtual Roadshow Time Travels to Australia

For the second time in my life I get to time travel later today. How? Well, I will be opening the Readers’ Advisory Annual Conference for New South Wales, Australia, and while I am presenting at 5:30pm on March 13, 2018 here in Chicago, I will be viewed LIVE at 9:30 am on March 14, 2018 in Australia.  Time travel baby!

This year’s conference is a “Back to Basics” theme.  I will be opening the session with my signature RA for All presentation which follows my 10 Rules of Basic RA Service. You can access it with this link.

But today there is news for all of my readers [besides the fact that I get to time travel]. This presentation effects every one of you all over the world. Later in the day, Duncan Smith will be at the conference in person to work with the attendees on using NoveList to help readers.

And that is why this presentation is news for everyone. NoveList is expanding throughout Australia and as a result, they are beefing up their Australian author content for everyone.

You may have already noticed but they have included more Canadian content recently too.

In both cases, NoveList has partnered with the largest databases of the country they are working with to gain access to reviews and content from the native sources.

Opening up American library workers to more international authors is vital. International fiction is very popular right now. Now, the countries in questions are majority English speaking, but since we have to guarantee that the books will be available in English this makes sense. However, both Australia and Canada have a lot of indigenous literature, and they both have translations of books we may not have access to here in America. Putting them in NoveList will increase demand and hopefully trigger more American editions of all of these titles. That being said, Amazon does offer .ca and .au options that we can order from if our patrons want the book.

The overall point here is that NoveList’s expansion will help us all learn about different and more diverse titles. Yay.

I can’t wait to kick off the day of learning for the live attendees. “See" some of you today/tomorrow.

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