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  • This BISG WEBCAST took placeWednesday, December 9, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. ET

    To register for future BISG Webcasts, please visit:http://www.bisg.org/event-cat-6-webcasts.php

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    This BISG Webcast was sponsored byBISG WEBCASTwww.bisg.org

  • Working to create a moreinformed empowered and efficientinformed, empowered and efficient

    book industry supply chainfor both physical and digital products for both physical and digital products.

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  • ANGELA BOLEDeputy Executive Director Book Industry Study Group IncDeputy Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group, Inc. Angela Bole is Deputy Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG). Based in New York City, BISG is an industry trade association working to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain for both digital and physical products.

    CONNIE HARBISONDirector of Authority Control, Database Management, Baker & TaylorConnie has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years. Shes been involved in the BISAC Executive Committee since 2004 when she took on the role of BISAC Subjectthe BISAC Executive Committee since 2004, when she took on the role of BISAC Subject Codes Committee Chair. She also serves as BISAC Secretary and is a member of the BISAC Metadata Committee. Connie lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children and two dogs.

    RENEE REGISTERUmmm...notreally...

    RENEE REGISTERSenior Product Manager, OCLC Renee and her staff are responsible for partnering with publishers, vendors and other content providers in the creation and distribution of title metadata to libraries, the publisher supply chain and end users. Prior to joining OCLC in 2005, she spent ten

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    years with Ingram Book Group, wholesaler and data provider to retailers and libraries, first as Manager of Cataloging Services and then as Director of Classification and Bibliographic Control for the organizations MARC and non-MARC metadata.

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  • RENEE REGISTERSenior Product ManagerSenior Product Manager

    Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library serviceand research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering

    access to the world's information and reducing information costs.access to the world s information and reducing information costs.

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  • OCLC Metadata Services for PublishersAutomatically adds BISAC Subject Headings to publisher data by mapping from Dewey Decimal Classification

    http://publishers.oclc.org

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  • OCLC researchers and Dewey editors are collaborating on a project to add DDC numbers to authority records for BISAC subject headingssubject headings

    BISAC subject headings, including usage t d d di t th MARC 21notes, are coded according to the MARC 21

    format for authority datab f h l Dewey numbers from DDC 22, the latest

    edition of Dewey, are applied to the records by the Dewey teamby the Dewey team

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  • Selected fields from a BISAC authority record: 083 04 158.1 2 22 5 OCoLC-D 150 SELF-HELP x General 680 i Use subjects in this section for works on 680 i Use subjects in this section for works on

    personal growth, or works aimed at helping people deal with personal problems, including mental illnesses and dependencies For works written to helpillnesses and dependencies. For works written to help people deal with issues involving child rearing or relationships, use subjects in the a FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS i section For scholarly worksRELATIONSHIPS i section. For scholarly works, serious lay studies, or works aimed at psychology professionals, use subjects in the a PSYCHOLOGY i sectionsection.

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  • Background and benefits

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  • An industry-approved list of terms used to describe the content of a book

    52 main subject areasj e.g. Computers, Family & Relationships,

    Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction, Nature

    Over 3,600 distinct terms

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  • Developed to standardize electronic transfer of subject information

    First version issued in the 1990s

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  • Developed to standardize electronic transfer of subject information

    First version issued in the 1990s1.0 (~1995) 2.7 (June 2003)2.0 (Nov 1997) 2.8 (March 2004) 2.1 (May 1999) 2.9 (May 2005)2.2 (Jan 2000) 2006 (Sept 2006)2.3 (May 2000) 2007 (Sept 2007)2.3 (May 2000) 2007 (Sept 2007)2.4 (Jan 2001) 2008 (Nov 2008)2.5 (July 2001) 2009 (Nov 2009)

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  • To transmit subject information between trading partners using a consistent syntax

    To provide a common language for sales g greporting

    As search terms in bibliographic databases As search terms in bibliographic databases As access points in online search As bricks-and-mortar shelving guides

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  • Major businesses within the book industry, including: Major retailers, especially those who sell online

    B&N A B&N, Amazon Data aggregators

    Baker & Taylor, Bowker, Ingramy , , g Increasing numbers of publishers Wholesalers Nielsen BookScan

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  • Who sets the standard?...

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  • Maintained by the BISGs BISAC Subject Codes Committee

    Committee consists of volunteers from BISG member organizations Members include publishers, retailers, wholesalers

    d d t tand data aggregators

    Changes are annually reviewed and approved b th f ll BISG M b hiby the full BISG Membership

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  • All requests received from the industry are discussed and considered by Committee

    Creation of a Heading is based on 3 factors:g

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  • All requests received from the industry are discussed and considered by Committee

    Creation of a Heading is based on 3 factors: g Does the suggested Heading describe the content of

    the book and not the audience, format or language?

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  • All requests received from the industry are discussed and considered by Committee

    Creation of a Heading is based on 3 factors: g Does the suggested Heading describe the content of

    the book and not the audience, format or language?Are there at least 100 unique titles (from different Are there at least 100 unique titles (from different publishers) in the supply chain that would have this Heading?

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  • All requests received from the industry are discussed and considered by Committee

    Creation of a Heading is based on 3 factors: g Does the suggested Heading describe the content of

    the book and not the audience, format or language?Are there at least 100 unique titles (from different Are there at least 100 unique titles (from different publishers) in the supply chain that would have this Heading?

    Would adding the requested Heading require extensive expansion of the list (we try to keep the number of Headings at around 3,000)?

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  • Minor revisions to each main subject area are made on an ongoing basis based on need and incoming requests

    Major revisions to each main subject area are made on a cyclical basis

    New versions of the list are released on an annual basis

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  • 9-character alphanumeric Code in the form AAA###### and a Literal of the form SECTION NAME / Subheading (with further subheadings possible)possible)

    Examples:l b d MAT002040 MATHEMATICS/Algebra/Intermediate

    PET004010 PETS/Dogs/Breeds TRV028000 TRAVEL/Cruises TRV028000 TRAVEL/Cruises

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  • PET004010 PETS/Dogs/Breeds

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  • PET004010 PETS/Dogs/Breeds

    C d i t d d f l t i Codes (PET004010) are intended for electronic data interchange (EDI)

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  • PET004010 PETS/Dogs/Breeds

    C d i t d d f l t i Codes (PET004010) are intended for electronic data interchange (EDI)

    f Literals (PETS/Dogs/Breed) are intended for print/display purposes

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  • PET004010 PETS/Dogs/Breeds

    C d i t d d f l t i Codes (PET004010) are intended for electronic data interchange (EDI)

    f Literals (PETS/Dogs/Breed) are intended for print/display purposes

    The first three characters of a code represent the main subject area

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  • STEP 1:Determine the main subject area

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  • STEP 1:Determine the main subject area

    STEP 2:Pick the term within the main subject area thatPick the term within the main subject area that most closely fits the books content

    All done! It couldnt be easier!

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  • Understanding the differences between Subject Headingsbetween Subject Headings,

    Merchandising Themes and Regional Themes

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    Themes.

  • A list of terms representing frequently requested merchandising themes and topics

    Can be used in addition to subject codes to jdenote: An audience to which a work may be of particular

    lappeal A time of year or event for which a work may be

    especially appropriateespecially appropriate A frequently requested topic

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  • Although related, Subject Headings and Merchandising Themes shouldan