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Past Webinars

CataList for Libraries
(Feb. 22, 2017, 1-1:30 p.m. EST)

The new and improved BNC CataList has lots of added features and enhancements to help libraries in their day-to-day work. In this short overview, we'll show you how to use the new site to find forthcoming titles more quickly and easily, request reading copies, vote for the Loan Stars readers' advisory program, make and share custom catalogues, use MARC exports, and more.

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CataList for Publisher Sales Reps
(Feb. 15, 2017, 1-1:30 p.m. EST)

The new and improved BNC CataList has lots of added features and enhancements to help sales reps sell books. In this short overview, we'll show you how to use the new site to filter and share forthcoming titles more quickly and easily, enable requests for reading copies, view integrated SalesData reporting, and more.

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CataList for Retailers
(Feb. 8, 2017, 1-1:30 p.m. EST)

The new and improved BNC CataList has lots of added features and enhancements to help booksellers find and source books. In this short overview, we'll show you how to use the new site to find forthcoming titles more quickly and easily, request print and digital reading copies, make and share custom catalogues, view integrated SalesData reporting, and more.

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Mastering Sales Rights and Territory in ONIX
(Sept. 14, 2016, 1-2 p.m. EDT)

BNC Bibliographic Manager Tom Richardson unpacks your feedback and discusses ways to help companies achieve more clarity and efficacy in their sales rights and territory statements through ONIX.

View Tom's slides from the webinar

Watch Tom's video tutorial on the subject


Intro to CataList & Loan Stars for Libraries
(March 9, 2016, 1-2 p.m. EST)

Join BookNet Canada to learn everything you need to know to participate in Loan Stars, the new readers' advisory service fuelled by voting library staff across the country. Plus, get a guided tour of CataList, the online catalogue tool where Loan Stars voting takes place, to discover how to get the most out of your account, including accessing digital galleys, ordering books, exporting MARC records, and more.

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What the New YA BISAC Codes Mean for Your Books
(Jan. 14, 2016, 1-2 p.m., EDT)

The future is now! It's 2016 and while we still don't have (real) hoverboards, we're getting something better: distinct BISAC subject codes for young adult books. The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) released their latest code list at the end of 2015 with 446 new codes for Young Adult Fiction (YAF) and Young Adult Non-Fiction (YAF) titles and an implementation date of Jan. 31, 2016. 

The new codes will help every stage of the supply chain (learn how on the blog). To better understand what's happening, why, when, and how to get ready, we will have:

  • Connie Harbison, Chair of BISG's BISAC Subject Committee and Director at Baker & Taylor, explain the new codes and provide useful resources for implementation;
  • BookNet's Tom Richardson give an overview of how industry stakeholders—including your favourite BookNet products—are adopting the changes; and,
  • Indigo Books & Music at your disposal to answer questions about implementation of the codes at the retailer level.

View Connie's presentation slides

Download BISG's BISAC Subject Headings, 2015 Edition

Download BISG's BISAC 2015 JUV to YA Mapping 

Watch a video recording of the webinar


Direct-to-Consumer Marketing Webinar
(Nov. 30, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm EDT)

Join Brian O'Leary of Magellan Media Consulting as he presents eight methods book publishers can use to leverage content marketing for successful ROI, along with the tools to implement a successful content marketing strategy at your publishing house. In this one-hour webinar, he will describe the models most beneficial to publishers, ways to attract and retain an audience, and how to monetize the process.

About the host:

Brian O’Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, which works with publishers to improve how they create, manage, and distribute content. O’Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he edited Book: A Futurist's Manifesto (O’Reilly Media), a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing. O’Leary is also the author of research reports on: the use of metadata in the book industry supply chain, territorial rights in the digital age; and best practices in digital exports. He has studied the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales and was the editor and primary contributor on a study of the use of XML in book publishing.

Before he became a consultant, O’Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., where he restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm’s prior technology investments. He came to Hammond after a 12-year career overseeing production and distribution operations at several of Time Inc.’s weekly magazines, including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. O’Leary joined Time Inc. after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College.

Webinar resources:

Watch a video recording of the webinar

View the presentation slides


BNC Educational Standards Webinar
(Sept. 21, 2015, 1:00–2:00pm EDT)

This webinar will share the design of the BISG’s new Educational Taxonomy along with ideas on how Canadian publishers can use the terms to aid discovery of appropriate educational materials and resources online. It will also show the importance of related metadata elements for educational titles.

BISG’s new Educational Taxonomy lists the key terms that describe current and emerging educational standards, concepts, learning objectives, and methodologies used in the classroom, such as Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and more. It was developed by the BISG Educational Standards Taxonomy Working Group and incorporates feedback from potential users and from educators and librarians on their search habits. It is available for free download here.

About the host: Patricia Payton, Senior Manager of Publisher Relations and Content Development for Bowker, a ProQuest Affiliate, is responsible communicating book and journal metadata requirements and best practices to publishers of all sizes. Patricia has experience in retail bookstores as well as international markets. She also holds a Master’s degree in Library Information Science specializing in Digital Libraries as well as an MBA. She actively contributes to BISG, AAP, and other industry committees. You can find her on twitter @Metadata24X7.

Webinar Resources:

Watch a recording of the webinar

View the presentation slides

Find BISG’s Educational Taxonomy here


BNC Build a Bookstore with Shopify Webinar
(March 30, 2015, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT)

Let us introduce BookNet Canada’s new Bookstore Builder Shopify app! If you want to sell books online, our app provides an easy way to add accurate, relevant product data to your online bookstore. By leveraging the close to 1 million product images and nearly 2 million ONIX records in our BiblioShare database, the app is currently able to pull the following data: title, contributor, price, weight, main or long description, and cover image. Attend our free webinar for a rundown of how it works and how to get started. The webinar will start with a brief introduction to Shopify from Patrick McMullan, Shopify Guru, and then BookNet’s own Tim Middleton will walk you through using the Bookstore Builder Shopify app.

Webinar Resources:

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BNC ONIX 2.1 to 3.0 Webinar
(January 26, 2015, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT)

Join Graham Bell, Executive Director of the global ONIX standards organization EDItEUR, to learn what you need to know about transitioning from ONIX 2.1 to ONIX 3.0. What are the differences between the two versions? Which changes are easy to make, and which will take more planning? How can you get started?

More about Graham Bell:

Prior to his recent appointment as the organization’s Executive Director, Graham served EDItEUR as its Chief Data Architect, where he focused on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR standards for both the book and serials sectors. Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, where most recently he was Head of Publishing Systems. He has over a decade of experience with ONIX for Books.

Webinar Resources:

Watch a recording of the webinar

View Graham Bell’s slides

Read our FAQ about the ONIX 2.1 sunset


BNC Keywords Webinar
(July 22, 2014, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT)

Join Jenny Bullough, Manager of Digital Assets at Harlequin, and Jim Reynolds, Director of eCommerce Product Management at Indigo, for an informative free webinar on using keywords in your metadata. We’ll review the newly published BISG Best Practices for Keywords in Metadata and gain insight into why and how keywords can benefit you in Indigo’s marketplace.

Topics covered include: 

  • What are keywords? 
  • Why use keywords? 
  • How to use keywords 
  • Tools 

More about the presenters:

Jenny Bullough, Manager, Digital Assets at Harlequin Press, is your favourite kind of book nerd. In her nearly 20 years in book publishing she has acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction for print and digital publication, and as Manager of Digital Assets for Harlequin and Carina Press, she is responsible for text file coordination, ebook production, and metadata creation and maintenance for 110 print titles and 300 ebook titles per month. In her spare time she obsesses over poorly categorized book data and procrastinates when asked to write about herself in the third person.

Jim Reynolds is the Director of eCommerce Product Management at Indigo Books and Music, where he works with technology partners developing and executing digital strategy. With over ten years of experience in digital, Jim has helped major retailers such as Sears, Wal-Mart, and Indigo optimize their online experience. Passionate for technology and the ever-changing retail environment, he lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter and can often be found hunched over his smart phone researching other smart phones.

Webinar Resources:

Watch a recording of the webinar

View Jenny Bullough’s slides

View Jim Reynolds’s slides



BNC Thema Webinar
(June 23, 2014, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT)

Thema is a new international standard for book subject classification. If you sell books globally, including Thema subjects in your metadata will help ensure that your books are correctly categorized.

This 45-minute webinar, presented by BookNet Canada’s Tom Richardson and Neha Thanki, will answer the following questions:

  • What is Thema?
  • How is Thema different than BISAC?
  • How do I use the BISAC to Thema Translator?
  • How can I implement Thema and follow best practices?

There will also be time for questions.

To try out the BISAC to Thema Translator, please visit

For more on Thema, please visit

If you have questions about the BNC Thema Webinar, contact BookNet Canada.

Webinar Resources:

Watch a recording of the webinar

Download the slides

View our guide: Using BISAC in Thema Implementation