Without content enrichment, browsing for a book through online library services would be a hard task to undertake. How many people go to the library and just pull books off the shelf and check them out without looking at the cover and reading the description on the back? Why should online ordering be any different? Providing a database of skeletal information doesn’t appeal to the average library user. Content enrichment has greatly impacted the informational needs of the website user, allowing them to thoroughly browse through the library collection without leaving their homes.
Previously I have used a website called Fantastic Fiction (http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk) to look up information about any books I heard about that caught my interest, or to inquire if any of my favourite authors had a new publication coming out, before ordering them on the NLPL website if they seemed to be something I would enjoy. However, this site is based out of the UK and some of the information such as release dates and prices don’t apply to us, also the site doesn’t offer reviews and sometimes is even lacking in a description. A Library Studies course last semester introduced me to NoveList Plus (EBSCO Database Suite) on the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries website (http://www.nlpl.ca). This site is a prime example of content enrichment and what it offers to library patrons. It provides an immense amount of information to the user about any book. Supplying the book name, author, publisher, cover art, description, genre, tone, writing style, reviews from various sources, ISBN listings of the various publications/formats, AND the dewey decimal number! The site offers many other great features such as various forms of searches, recommended reads, author read-alikes, book discussion guides, etc. I found it a little overwhelming to navigate through at first, but it has a ‘How To Use NoveList’ link on the right hand side of the site which provides a how-to video. I love this site!