Finding a zine in the catalogue

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.

Special subject field; 655 tag; using the word Zines to identify the genre.

The special field that has me quietly doing metaphorical handstands is the 655 line.  Our NLA cataloguers are now using this 655 tag for every zine we create a record for. It is now so much easier to find them even if you have no other details. When I last checked yesterday the NLA had just under 600 zine titles on the catalogue that use this 655 tag, and we are adding more every week. Of course there are some older zines that were catalogued before we were able to add this tag, so we actually have far more than 600 zines in the collection! So, be cheeky and have a search on the catalogue. Can you find your fave zine there? Is your zine there and we have got something wrong in the record? Don't be shy, send us a comment; we are always happy to chat about our work and fix our mistakes too.