Tip #101: Adding local author/artist information to a MARC record

Patrons and staff sometimes want to find library materials of local interest. This includes books written by local authors or about local celebrities, as well as music and film featuring local actors and musicians.

Prior to joining Evergreen, many libraries made these materials easier to find by adding information in a 590 local note or a 690 local subject heading. However, use of these fields is prohibited in Evergreen Indiana.

So what can be added to a bibliographic record to enable patrons and staff to identify an item as being of local interest?

In Evergreen Indiana, catalogers may add 650 subject headings to identify materials about or featuring local artists, authors, musicians, and actors.

To do this, use the format shown in the following examples:

650 _0 |a Authors |z Indiana.
650 _0 |a Musicians |z Indiana.
650 _0 |a Actors |z Indiana.
650 _0 |a Authors |z Indiana |z Ripley County.
650 _0 |a Artists |z Indiana |z Bedford.

By adding this type of subject heading, staff and library users can do a subject or keyword search for “Indiana authors”, “Bedford artists”, etc. and locate the local interest materials they seek.
Originally published on September 16, 2011.


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