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  • 1. BISAC A New Way to Organize with the Patron in Mind Deb Hoadley, Advisor Massachusetts Library System dhoadley@masslibsystem.org 866-627-7228 ext 309 (toll free in MA) 508-357-2121 ext 309
  • 2. Objectives for today:  What is BISAC?  Why would I want to do this in my library?  Collection Development, Weeding, Reader’s Advisory  Space design and layout  How does this help us market what we have?2 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 3. BISAC Categories (Book Industry Subject and Category Codes)• ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES• ARCHITECTURE • LAW• ART • LITERARY COLLECTIONS• BIBLES • LITERARY CRITICISM• BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY • MATHEMATICS• BODY, MIND & SPIRIT • MEDICAL• BUSINESS & ECONOMICS • MUSIC• COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS • NATURE• COMPUTERS • PERFORMING ARTS• COOKING • PETS• CRAFTS & HOBBIES • PHILOSOPHY• DESIGN* • PHOTOGRAPHY• DRAMA • POETRY• EDUCATION • POLITICAL SCIENCE• FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS • PSYCHOLOGY• FICTION • REFERENCE• FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY • RELIGION• GAMES • SCIENCE• GARDENING • SELF-HELP• HEALTH & FITNESS • SOCIAL SCIENCE• HISTORY • SPORTS & RECREATION• HOUSE & HOME • STUDY AIDS• HUMOR • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING• JUVENILE FICTION • TRANSPORTATION• JUVENILE NONFICTION • TRAVEL • TRUE CRIME MLS: Deb Hoadley 3 5/2/12
  • 4. Where do you find the BISAC headings? New Spine Label: SPORTS BASEBAL Red Sox MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 4
  • 5. Other spine label examples SPORTS SPORTS BASEBAL BASEBAL Red Sox HISTORY HISTORY ANC GREE MILITRY WWII5 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 6. • From the BISAC “bible” MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 6
  • 7. Record and label changes MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 7
  • 8. MARC record with BISAC headings included. OCLC is now including these headingsMLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 8
  • 9. MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 9
  • 10. INSPIRATION • Patron desired spaceWhy do patrons prefer tobrowse/buy frombookstores? Accessibility Familiar subject headings Comfortable areas Attractive spaces Browsing allowed CUSTOMER DRIVEN: What drives their experience? MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 10
  • 11. Motivation & Innovation  Browsability  Searchability  Items are placed together by category based on a language system, not numerical system  Collection development will be easier  Customer satisfaction  Staff time will be used for more patron interaction & reader’s advisory11 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 12. It’s more than books  Layout of the library is key to its success  Signage is very important  Staff feedback  Customer feedback12 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 13. Old Space Design 47 double shelves, 7 single shelves MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 13
  • 14. First Option Design 1: 44 double shelves, 16 single shelves MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 14
  • 15. Second option Design 2: 36 double shelves, 16 single shelves MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 15
  • 16. Third Option Design 3: 43 double shelves, 14 single shelves MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 16
  • 17. Fourth Option Design 4: 36 double shelves, 14 single shelves MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 17
  • 18. New Layout MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 18
  • 19. New Layout MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 19
  • 20. Moving Day  Volunteers helped to box up over 500 boxes  Helped to put books back on the shelves  Learned what we had in the collection20 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 21. Final Layout MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 21
  • 22. Flexibility & Adaptability• Watching patron traffic patterns to best arrange collections• Using merchandising techniques to best display collections• Signs, signs, signs… 22 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 23. Justification• Statistical data to support• Patrons love the new layout of the library• Patrons love the ability to look at the sections and find what they are looking for• Shelving is easier• No conflict with consortium/just a change in local call number MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12 23
  • 24. Glades & Neighborhoods Hybrid Models Who else is doing something similar? Wilmington Public Library – neighborhoods Dover Town Library – subject headings Jones Library, Amherst – labeling subjects Nashua PL, NH – poetry section Darien, CT – glades MLA conference information24 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 25. Patron Service & Satisfaction  Patron Experience  Patron Participation  Patron Engagement  Patron Support25 This book describes it all! MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12
  • 26. Information  Webinar by National Book Network http:// pdfs.nbnbooks.com/BI/SAC/BISACWebinar.pdf  Book Industry Standard Group http://www.bisg.org/  Book publishers are putting categories on backs of books http://waltshiel.com/2009/09/14/to-bisac-or-not-to-bisac /  http://www.slideshare.net/DHoadley_Langley/bisac-a-new-  http://guides.masslibsystem.org/BeyondDewey26 MLS: Deb Hoadley 5/2/12