What to Read Next
When I see a book that sounds interesting, my first stop is to check the library’s catalog to see if the system owns the book. The library’s catalog has a “lists” feature that allows you to save catalog records to a list so you can easily find the title again instead of re-searching for the item. This is great if you are flipping through the new issue of BookPage (which can be found for free at your local branch) or just got the new NextReads Newsletter in your inbox.
You can also keep track of the items you have read, listened to, or watched. Before returning an item to the library you can view your checkout page and add the items to a list.
This feature is great for smaller lists—if the lists get too big your browser may freeze and become unresponsive. There is a lot of data that the browser is attempting to load and if you have too many items on the lists it just cannot process all that information.
I have a few alternative suggestions for those of you who are avid readers or have found yourself making long lists on our catalog.
My go-to source for tracking all the books I read and listen to is Goodreads. This website and app allow you to keep track of books that you have read and want to read. Like many social media websites, how you use the website is up to you and they give you many options. You can create bookshelves to better organize your books or you can use the default shelves of Read, Currently Reading, and Want to Read. You can rate and review books or you can just keep track of what you have read. You can connect with friends (or MCLS) and compare books, your ratings, and get ideas for more books to read. Or you can choose not to interact with anyone.
The downside of Goodreads is that it does not connect to the library catalog. One way to keep larger lists and still have a link right back to the catalog is using Pinterest. This is an idea taken from many libraries that have Pinterest accounts (including MCLS). You create boards for the different categories for your books. You may want to start simply with Books to Read or Books Read in 2017.
The easiest way to add books from the catalog is to add the Pinterest button to your browser. This way when you see a book on the library catalog you can add it to the board of your choice and it will link back to the catalog.
Happy Book Tracking!