Tip #155: Using the ‘g’ audience code for books

Although a valid code, most Evergreen catalogers do not use the ‘g’ (general) audience code when cataloging printed material.

Rather than coding the target audience fixed field ‘g’ when cataloging books and magazines, consider using a more specific code, such as ‘e’ for adult or ‘j’ for juvenile.

Here’s why: The audience code, located in the Fixed Fields grid, controls the audience advanced search filter in the OPAC. If a patron limits a search to ‘adult’, ‘juvenile’, or any audience other than ‘general’, then none of the titles with a ‘g’ audience code will be included in the results. So if a title’s target audience is, for example, adults, then it would better serve our patrons to select the ‘e’ (adult) audience code rather than the ‘g’ (general) code.

OCLA maintains a complete list of codes for the target audience fixed field (Audn).

Note that the ‘g’ audience code should be continue to be used in Evergreen for audiovisual materials with an adult target audience unless rated R (DVDs) or contains an adult advisory (music CDs).
Originally published on November 2, 2012.

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