NoveList® and COMPanion® Partner to Improve Access to Books in the Classroom

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~ NoveList Select® Can Now be Integrated into the Alexandria Library System~

NoveList Select

NoveList provides libraries with unique, enhanced, critical information about titles. Now patrons can access holdings and view this wonderful information through one interface.

NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), and COMPanion® have announced a partnership that will enrich K-12 reading curriculum by providing book recommendations to students and offering curriculum-based activities to teachers and school librarians.

NoveList®Select, can now be seamlessly integrated into COMPanion’s Alexandria Library Automation Program. With NoveList Select in Alexandria, when a student searches for a book via the Alexandria portal, NoveList Select will return reading recommendations based on that book—and based on titles that the library owns.

The agreement between these two organizations brings decades of experience in school libraries directly into classrooms, and could potentially benefit students and teachers in thousands of schools. The relationship between NoveList and COMPanion allows reading recommendations to be displayed directly into the catalogs of the more than 10,000 schools that use the Alexandria catalog. The joint services they provide help stimulate reading and library use by helping patrons find resources that interest them whether it be for school work, teaching or enjoyment.

Vice President of Novelist, Duncan Smith, says that the partnership between NoveList and COMPanion joins NoveList with a leader in the library automation industry. “NoveList recognizes Alexandria as a premier Library Automation Program for schools around the country, and partnering with COMPanion will help to enhance student learning and to provide easy access to books for students, whether for assigned reading or for pleasure.”

COMPanion’s Vice President of Sales, Darren Dibb, shares Smith’s optimism about the agreement. “This partnership just makes sense. COMPanion's Alexandria Library Automation Program has been providing easy access to the holdings of thousands of libraries for over 25 years. NoveList provides libraries with unique, enhanced, critical information about titles. Now patrons can access holdings and view this wonderful information through one interface.”

In addition to book recommendations, NoveList will provide rich information about the book entered in the search, such as reviews, information on other books in the series (if applicable), book discussions, tone, writing style, book discussions and more via the NoveList Select service.

Smith also says school media specialists and teachers will have access to the rich, curriculum-oriented material that can be found directly in NoveList Select to aid in reading, writing and comprehension skills, thereby benefiting a student’s entire educational experience. “Reading is the cornerstone of any education, and now NoveList and Alexandria will provide students with targeted access to more books and related activities than ever.”

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of 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 eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. 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 Publishing Web site at:, or contact: information(at)ebscohost(dot)com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

About COMPanion
COMPanion Corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, is the developer of Alexandria—best known for its power and ease of use. Alexandria offers the best cross platform library automation solution for Windows and Macintosh. Alexandria provides software solutions to the K-12 education market, public and special/corporate libraries. For over 20 years, COMPanion has established itself as a leader in the K-12 education market.

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