March 1st, 2021
Historical fiction, coming-of-age, or supernatural... all of these genres fit The Book Thief. While you may have to choose just one for your physical library, you can add as many genres as you want to this book in your digital catalog. In fact, giving your books several genres can help make your catalog more searchable!
Alexandria has several tools to help you make sure your genres are ready to go!
Put genres in the right tag
Researcher uses the 655_a tag to display and search by genre, so it's important to have genres listed there. The 650_v tag is sometimes used for genre but is considered outdated. So if you have some MARC records with the 650_v tag, you'll want to use the
Add more genres
The first genre listed in the item record is the one that's visible in search results. However, you can still search or filter by any of an item's listed genres to find it.
Use the Selections tab to choose which titles will have the additional genre added to their MARC record. You could use selections like Titles in Call Number Range (e.g. all F, FIC, JF, etc. would be Fiction and all NF and 300-399 would be Nonfiction), Titles with a Policy of, Titles added, or others, depending on which would be the easiest way to group your books. Then, under the Options tab, type 655_a in the Add Tag_Subfield field. In the Value to Add field, type the genre.
You may need to run it several times to catch all of your books.
Alternatively, you can use the
You can edit or combine genre terms in
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