Q. How do I make lists in the new SJPL catalog?
A List contains titles abut a specific topic or idea.
To get started, log in to the catalog and click on My Lists, then on Create a New List. Give your list a title, a type, a description, and choose an audience. Click Save and start adding items from the catalog and useful websites. Include title annotations describing why items are listed.
A good list is a focused list. Pick a specific topic or theme & stick to it. For instance:
- Punk Parent Stories
- Top 10 Knitting Books of 2010
- DVDs for First-Time Coaches
- Before you start, search for your topic using a List Search. See what lists exist, then add something new.
If you create an “If You Liked…” list, include the original item at the top.
If your list is getting too long, it might be better to use tags instead.
Everyone Can Make a List
Lists aren’t created just by library staff. If you have a passion for anything — science, history, painting, carpentry, computers, childcare, baking, health, crafts, or travel — you can create a list to help others learn more about it.
- Teachers can create study guides for specific topics and ages. Library staff would be happy to help you create tags and lists for your class.
- Use neighborhood knowledge to make a local list. Include books and movies set in your area, history books, local authors, and local websites.
- Are you a sports fan or history buff? Get others excited with a list about your favorite team or time period.
- Love a particular genre? Make Top 10 lists for the past few years. Include genre websites.
- Crafters, help others learn to knit, sew, or build with a list of good books, DVDs, and web resources.
- Travelers can create destination lists of guidebooks, phrasebooks, histories, and fiction for the journey.
- Help others understand your traditions by creating a holiday list of cookbooks, information resources, and craft ideas.
- Language learners need study guides with workbooks, DVDs, CDs, dictionaries, and websites.
- Create a character-based list.
Example: Jo March’s Bookshelf (If She Were a Modern Teen)
The possibilities are endless. Share what you know.
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