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Brad Long <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 19 Jun 2000 15:22:29 -0400
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I would suggest that you consider cataloging it by Other Title (MARC Field
246), such as Green Book, instead of putting the color in the Descriptor
field.  This way the alternate title is search able in most catalogs, where it
probably is not searchable in the Descriptor field.  Plus, your patrons won't
know to look in the descriptor field, nor care what information is in that
field.  They may look at the Other Title field.

Bradley A. Long, MSLS
Library Director
Ohio Valley Medical Center
Wheeling, WV

Cathy Wolfson wrote:

> Tanya raises a good question about pharmacy books which are referred to as
> the "Red Book" etc.  I don't know the answer to that, and let's not forget
> the infamous "Green Book" for residencies.
> It's sort of a joke among us librarians.  Patron comes in and asks for a
> book.  Doesn't remember the title or author or thinks it might be (not
> even close).  Does sort of vaguely remember the subject content.  But by
> golly remembers the color!
> With computerized cataloging and multitudinous searchable fields, maybe we
> should think about including a field for color.  I don't mean going back
> and retrospectively adding that in for every title we have, but a new
> policy.  And perhaps adding it retrospectively for just those titles which
> are frequently referred to by their color.
> (Then we beat up any publisher who dares to change the color on us!)
> (Just kidding.)
> What do you think?
> --Cathy
> Catherine L. Wolfson                        Health Sciences Library
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