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Column: Book tracking services targets two potential resolutions

| Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at richterp@einetwork.net

Many people make New Year's resolutions, with the most common including reading more and staying organized.

There are great tools available to help with these resolutions by discovering new titles to read and keeping track of what you've read. Goodreads and Nove-List will help you discover new authors, titles and keep a reading history.

Get started with Goodreads by heading to goodreads.com and signing up for a free account by creating a username and password. If you would like to keep track of the books you've read, you can add titles to different lists on your account. There also is an option to share what you are reading on Facebook.

In addition to different lists, Goodreads has virtual discussion groups, and sometimes, authors even join in on these discussions.

NoveList is a database offered through the Allegheny County Library System and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. It can be accessed from any library's website. To get started, sign in with your library card number. On your first time using Nove-List, you have to create an account with a username and password.

When searching for a title on NoveList, you can access the library catalog right from there and see what library has the book you are looking for or place a hold on the title.

In addition, when searching for a book, it will generate a list of title and author “Read Alikes” that suggests books similar to the one for which you are searching. These lists automatically are generated when you search for different titles.

Both NoveList and Goodreads give users great ways to keep their reading organized. There are many more features on these sites, including different reading lists based on genre or title.

Start today by finding new books to read, and keep your reading list organized to help keep some of your New Year's resolutions.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at richterp@einetwork.net.

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