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.