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Currently, some BISAC subject headings are loading into Sirsi using 650 second indicator 0, which incorrectly identifies them as Library of Congress Subject Headings. While we work to determine why BISAC subject headings are entering Sirsi coded as LCSH, we need to correct these headings in the bibliographic record. These headings should use 650 second indicator 7.

Policy

When you encounter a BISAC subject heading in bibliographic record, with a second indicator 0 (zero), change the second indicator to 7 (seven):

  • Cataloger's will catch most headings while performing RAPIDCAT and copy cataloging
  • Authority control processing will report shelf ready titles and be cleaned up as part of the authority control maintenance procedure

Identifying a BISAC Subject Heading

BISAC headings with a second indicator = 0 (zero)

650 #0  HISTORY / North America.

650 #0  HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries.

650 #0  PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling.

  • Characteristics of a BISAC heading that should be deleted:
    • They will use as 650, second indicator 0 (zero)
    • First term in the subject heading is in ALL CAPS
    • If additional terms are part of a heading
      • They will be separated with a slash "/"
      • Added terms will usually use Title Case
    • Headings often contain an ampersand "&"

BISAC headings with second indictor = 7 (seven)

650 #7  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS|xFinance.

650 #7  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS|xMoney & Monetary Policy.

650 #7  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical.

  • Characteristics of a BISAC heading that can remain in the record unedited:
    • They will use a 650, second indicator 7 (seven)
    • First term in the subject heading is in ALL CAPS
    • If additional terms are part of the heading:
      • They may be in a subfield x, y, or z (e.g. |x, |y or |z)
      • They may be separated using a slash "/"
      • Added terms will ususally use Title Case
    • Headings often contain and ampersand "&"

Procedure

BISAC subject headings only need to be edited when their second indicator = 0 (zero). If the second indictor = 7 (seven), leave them in the record, as-is.

Step 1: Highlight the second indicator 0

Step 2: Change the 0 to a 7

Step 3: Save the record