Overcoming a reluctance to read. Part 5 of 6: lists and tags

by a dyslexic library member

In the previous three blog posts in this series, we’ve been looking at things that can help reluctant readers to engage with books, namely:

  • taking a flexible approach to books using different formats;
  • booklists for reluctant readers on the library catalogue; and
  • five other resources that can help reluctant readers

By the term ‘reluctant reader’ I mean anyone who is reluctant to read for whatever reason, including reading difficulties and dyslexia.

This penultimate blog post in our series gives information on:

  • creating your own lists on the library catalogue; and
  • sharing your lists or keeping them to yourself

 How can you create and share your own lists?

Book recommendations can help reluctant readers.  If you are a reluctant reader, you can recommend books to other reluctant readers that you have found to be ‘good choices’ for you.

For an example, see my list Recommended print books by contemporary Scottish authors for dyslexic adults.  You can recommend books to others by creating a list then sharing it anonymously.

Follow these step-by-step instructions on creating your own lists.

Do I have to share my lists?

Sharing your lists is optional.  In other words, if you want to create a list for your own reference, you can keep it to yourself.  This can be a handy way to keep a note of which books you want to read next.

How many lists can you make? 

You can make as many different lists as you like.

How many books should there be on a list?

You can have as many or as few books on each list as you want.  For example, one of my lists has just one book on it, while another has twenty-five.

How can people find your lists?

If people search for a list using the catalogue search box, they will not find it.  They will only find lists in one of the four following ways.

People can find your lists by looking through ‘Everybody’s lists’. There is no limit to how many lists can be added to the catalogue. So if you share them, your lists will always be visible under ‘Everybody’s Lists’, no matter how many pages of lists there are.  Any lists you choose not to share will always be visible (to you only) under ‘My Lists’

  • People can find your lists in the record (under ‘Community Contributions’) of an individual book that you have put on a list
  • People can find your lists by clicking on a tag on a list
  • If you click on a tag on a list, if there are any other lists with the same tag, they will appear when you click.
  • See a separate section below for more about tags.
  • People can find your lists through the library’s twitter page 
  • The library sometimes posts tweets about newly shared lists

What is the function of a tag on a list?

  • If you add a tag to a list it means people will be able to find that list from any other lists that have the same tag (by clicking on the tag)
  • You cannot search the catalogue for a tag

Saving and editing lists

  • You can save lists and keep them to yourself for as long as you like before sharing them on the catalogue
  • You can edit lists after you have shared them, for example you can add or remove books from a list
  • You can delete lists
  • You are the only person who can edit your lists – people cannot add items to one of your lists and you cannot add items to other people’s
  • There is a time delay of around 20 minutes between when you make an edit to a shared list and when it shows up on the library catalogue

Next week, in the final blog post in this series, we will look at the roles that series and reviews can play in helping reluctant readers.

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