As you probably know, the second indicator in the 245 and 246 fields
controls the alphabetization:
245 03 El Norte (indicating to the computer and alpha process that
El+space is to be ignored)
furthermore, Innovative may have a system default to not alphabetize by
initial articles (the system would have a NOT list) - your system
administrator could go in and change the list - be careful of masculine and
feminine articles in French/Spanish.
At 09:35 AM 6/12/02 -0700, you wrote:
>we use the Innovative online catalog. recently, when
>searching our catalog for "El Norte" i found that the
>system will not access the title by "El" Norte --only
>when you search by "Norte". Same for "La Boheme", "La
>Strada", "El Cid", etc.
>Now, i understand that we always drop the article when
>searching by title, but i don't think people
>necessarily consider that when finding foreign titles.
>Our catalogers say that this is just the way it has to
>be, and that we need to either have patrons search by
>keyword, or educate them better, but i think this is
>ridiculous. Hell, when i search for these titles on
>Amazon.com it comes up easily...
>How do people search in your catalogs? you can
>respond directly to me if you wish...
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James C. Scholtz, Director
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