Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Recently there has been plenty of discussion about the library in AZ using BISAC to arrange the collection. Phoenix Public is also adding BISAC terms to the catalog record. Personally I don't see how SCI004000 is any easier to a patron than 520 or QB, but it is good to experiment and they seem to have a significant increase in circulation. If you want to see what they are using, the BISAC classification is available online.

1 comment:

Mike Kaliher said...

Although I still use Dewey categories for nonfiction, I have been using the BISAC fiction categories that Ingram publishes on its website for eleven years. I don't use their identification system, though: our fiction categories are Adventure, Fantasy, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Spy/War Fiction, Suspense, Western, and Young Adult. Ken Follett can be found in Spy/War, Suspense, and Historical Fiction; Harlan Coben is sometimes Mystery, sometimes Suspense. Our patrons like us categorizing fiction this way, as it makes it easier for them to find the kind of writing they enjoy. --Fort Grant (Ariz.) Library.