Finding a zine in the catalogue
30 June 2011
I'm sure that you all know how to search a library catalogue to find things that are relevant to you at the time. Here at the National Library we have been doing some behind the scenes stuff to make it easier to find zines, graphic novels and comics that are hiding in the stacks. We've been looking at the rules that cataloguers work to, and some new fields that have recently been made available in our cataloguing standards, that should help us to make much better records! We now have the ability to use "Zines" and "Comic books, strips etc." and "Graphic novels" as form/genre subject headings so that when you keyword search on the word: Zine, for example, you will be able to discover the extent (in most cases) of the Library's holdings. Have a look at the screen shot of the record I've been working on, for the zine "In valid". This link will take you to the record in our OPAC: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn5299139 You will see the public version, where the form/genre is identified as Zines.
Look beyond the mainstream