On Nov 6, 2014, at 5:17 PM, Karen Coyle wrote:
> Cynthia, it's been a while but I wanted to give you feedback...
> Ranking on importance based on library ownership and/or circulation is something that I've seen discussed but not implemented -- mainly due to the difficulty of gathering the data from library systems. But it seems like an obvious way to rank results, IMO.
> Too bad that one has to pay for BISAC headings. They tend to mirror the headings in bookstores (and ebook stores) that people might be familiar with. They capture fiction topics, especially, in a way to resonates with some users (topics like "Teen Paranormal Romance").
I believe that they were created specifically for bookstores.
The problem is that the publishers (likely with support of the authors) get to decide where stuff should be filed.
As I help manage the Friend's bookstore at my local library branch, I've seen "Creation Science" (on an 'E' book with archealogists & dinosaur bones on the cover) and a few others make me cringe.
ps. I haven't seen "Teen Paranormal Romance" specifically as a heading (although yes, I've seen those books) ... I'm waiting for "Amish Paranormal Romance" (although I don't know if "Amish Romance" is an official BISAC heading).
pps. The nature of the BISAC headings make them less useful for determining if a book's actually on the shelves. It's fine for general browsing, but it reminds me of the filing system from Black Books (from 0:40 to ~1:45):
> On 10/22/14 1:25 PM, Harper, Cynthia wrote:
>> So I'm deleting all the Bisac subject headings (650_7|2bisacsh) from our ebook records - they were deemed not to be useful, especially as it would entail a for-fee indexing change to make them clickable. But I'm thinking if we someday have a discovery system, they'll be useful as a means for broader-to-narrower term browsing that won't require translation to English, as would call number ranges.
>> As I watch the system slowly chunk through them, I think about how library collections and catalogs facilitate jumping to the most specific subjects, but browsing is something of an afterthought.
>> What if we could set a ranking score for the "importance" of an item in browsing, based on circulation data - authors ranked by the relative circulation of all their works, same for series, latest edition of a multi-edition work given higher ranking, etc.? Then have a means to set the threshold importance value you want to look at, and browse through these general Bisac terms, or the classification? Or have a facet for "importance" threshold. I see Bisac sometimes has a broadness/narrowness facet ("overview") - wonder how consistently that's applied, enough to be useful?
>> Guess those rankings would be very expensive in compute time.
>> Well, back to the deletions.
>> Cindy Harper
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