A Preference For Genre

Traditionally, library fiction collections have been organised by author surnames, though many libraries are now ‘genrefying’ their collections, following a model reminiscent of bookstores. This may be through genre stickers on book spines, the physical arrangement of the collection, or both, and means that students are able to browse within their preferred genres.

We are pleased to announce that SCISWeb profile settings have been updated to include genre preferences, which will determine the placement of the genre headings in MARC records downloaded from the SCIS orders page.

Genre headings have historically been included in the ‘Topical Term’ field (MARC 650), grouped with other SCISSHL and ScOT terms. The new update provides the option to have genre headings classified separately, in the ‘Genre/Form’ field (MARC 655). This means your library management system will register these as specific genres, and will enable your catalogue users to search and browse via these headings.

How to update genre preferences

To modify your genre preferences, access your profile page via SCISWeb, and select the ‘Advanced options’ tab.

Here, you have the option to keep genre headings in the 650 field, or select the ‘Genre/Form’ heading 655.

Please note that changes made to your SCISWeb Profile will not affect SCIS records imported directly into your library management system via Z39.50. That means genre headings will remain in the 650 ‘Topical Term’ field in all records downloaded from within your LMS.

Want to read more about genre shelving?

The National Library of New Zealand’s Services to Schools have put together a great resource for school library staff interested in genrefying their fiction collection.

If you have any questions about this update, please send an email to scisinfo@esa.edu.au.

Published by

Ben Chadwick

Ben works for Education Services Australia, assisting in the maintenance of controlled vocabularies for use in the Australian and New Zealand education sectors, especially the Schools Online Thesaurus (ScOT). ScOT is an RDF-based thesaurus utilizing the SKOS namespace and located on a Sesame triplestore. I facilitate liaison with various ScOT stakeholders and manage consultative processes. Ben graduated from his Graduate Diploma in Information Management in 2012, receiving both the 2011 VALA award as the highest achieving RMIT student in technical subjects (http://www.vala.org.au/studentawardrecipients/student-award-2011-rmit) and the Australian Libraries Industry Association (ALIA) 2011 student award for most outstanding graduate from the RMIT Information Management program. Ben is currently working towards a Masters of Technology (Internet and Web Computing), capitalizing on his existing skills and knowledge of relational Database concepts, web-development, and programming in Java and PHP. Ben came to the information-management industry with a strong research background. He graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2006, having spent approximately ten years in clinical and research roles. His thesis (http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:114218) examined methods of utilizing hand-held computing as data-collection tools for individuals coping with chronic pain. His subsequent research (http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:215601) with Assoc Prof Michelle Sterling at the Center Of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, utilized these same technologies to examine the interaction of physical and psychological factors in the daily functioning of individuals suffering chronic whiplash.

2 thoughts on “A Preference For Genre”

  1. Our library is in the ‘genre process’ i.e. stickers and bibliographic records. Is there somewhere I can access a list of the genres that SCIS is using in the catalogue records? Our LMS is Infiniti. Thank you

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