Re: a question of searching...

Stephanie Andrew (
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 11:26:06 -0700 (PDT)

Our original copy of El Norte had 520 circs and a plain paper sleeve when I
left the Iowa City Public Library two years ago. That was at least a
hundred more than we EVER allowed a vhs. I notice it's no longer in the
catalog--whether it finally fell apart or a patron decided to keep it, I
don't know. But since they're also Innovative, maybe it's still there as
an unmarked ghost...?

Seriously, foreign articles are always problematic, especially in a public
library, and patron-oriented catalogers have found ways to trick a lot of
systems' defaults and parameters. We're just implementing what will be my
fifth vendor's catalog; each one has had its own barriers. (El Salvador is
my favorite test case.) But in all kinds of catalogs, liberal use of the
246 field (for other formats, too) isn't cheating at all. It's a great and
easy way to provide more access points, especially for things like movies,
where title is key (and we don't have authority files!).

Stephanie Andrew