> 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.
Certainly for books that are referred to as the "Red Book" or the "Green
Book", an alternate title field could be used.
I don't know how your particular OPAC works. I wasn't thinking of
putting color in a descriptor field, and am not sure what you mean by
that anyway. Subject headings? Something in the fixed fields?
The OPAC in my library has a keyword index which searches across most
fields. I would suggest including the color of a book in a field which
could be searched through the keyword index.
The best scenario would be to supply a separately searchable field
actually labelled "Color" because probably a lot of patrons wouldn't think
to search by color within the keyword index, or a limiting field labelled
"color", clearly visible on the first search screen, like Ovid does in
the web version.
With a keyword search, for common colors you would get a large retrieval
in an academic health sci library like ours. And most patrons still don't
use ANDing or limiting features efficiently.
I don't know. No easy answer. I'm just trying to think of more ways to
help patrons find what they are looking for.
Catherine L. Wolfson Health Sciences Library
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