Using The Library Catalogue For RA Services


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  • All of our searches today will use our public catalogue – HIP You can try just “Suspense Serial Murder Investigation” = 123 items retrieved With “Suspense serial murders murder investigation” = 23
  • Marian Keyes – subject keyword search “Humorous Romance Single Women” or “Chick lit single women” or “Chick lit single women humorous” Genre – Culinary mystery Italy
  • Using The Library Catalogue For RA Services

    1. 1. Using the Library Catalogue for Readers’ Advisory Services Exploring, discovering and finding what readers want By Laurel Tarulli Collections Access Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries
    2. 2. The catalogue as a Readers’ Advisory Tool <ul><li>Uniformity in headings/access points not found in other databases </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized for your readers’ and library’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Allows an RA to find titles for the reader that we have in our collection </li></ul><ul><li>The experts on this database are in-house – us! </li></ul>
    3. 3. Not Popular in RA Services <ul><li>Mindset – “Myth” that the catalogue is hard to use </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of expertise for the different search functions which leads to frustration </li></ul><ul><li>Use and knowledge of subject headings and genres </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations of catalogue and its content </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionally considered inventory list, not a discovery tool </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why should we use the catalogue? <ul><li>We control the catalogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are the experts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enriched content/description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading lists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized annotations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local/specialized access points </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RA collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Narrative Non-fiction genre headings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Cont… <ul><li>Allows an RA to suggest titles that we have in our collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Readers go away happy with a positive experience! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Novelist and other resources are very good in finding similar reads, but they don’t reflect what we have in our collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SFP (Suggestion for purchase) but the readers want a book now – not in a month or so. We run the risk of losing them to a bookstore or having them walk away disappointed. You don’t want readers to feel as if we don’t have what they want </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Adult Fiction Genres <ul><li>Become familiar with the genres used in your library catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Successful searches combine genre headings with subjects </li></ul><ul><li>How do I know what to search? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at the records to see what is being used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult fiction records usually include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting/Place </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Occupation of protagonist </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Examples <ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I really like books by James Patterson. Can you recommend other books like his? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mystery/Suspense </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Serial Murders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Investigations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Murders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Genres – Mystery ; Suspense </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subjects – Murder investigations, Serial Murders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject keyword search “Suspense Serial Murders Murder investigation” </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Examples… <ul><li>Book </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I liked the DaVinci Code. Do you have more books like that? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Title search “DaVinci Code” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Review record – Subject headings and genre headings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are the elements a reader liked about the book? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Secret societies and codes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subject search “code and cipher stories secret societies” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Examples <ul><li>Genre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I like to read mysteries but I prefer that they are set in Ireland. Oh, and I like to read about women police officers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Women police officers – “Policewomen” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subject search “Mystery Ireland Policewomen” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maybe just police in general, rather than women police? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subject search “Mystery Ireland Police” </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. You try it! <ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you like Marian Keyes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funny </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Single Women </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Romance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I just went to Italy and loved the food! But, I’m a mystery reader and don’t like non-fiction. Can you recommend anything? </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>The Library Catalogue can be used as an RA tool. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires collaboration between RAs and Cataloguers & bridges the Technical Services/Front-line staff divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes better understanding of cataloguing practices and access points among staff and readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increases expertise in searching the catalogue and finding reading suggestions for readers – as well as educating readers to use the catalogue to find reading suggestions on their own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assists in enhancing bibliographic records and “personalizes” the catalogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides an in-house tool to find suggested reading material of items currently available at the library </li></ul></ul>