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    Browsing Bibliographic Headings

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    To configure metadata, you must have one of the following roles:
    • Cataloger
    • Catalog Manager
    • Catalog Administrator
    Alma enables you to browse bibliographic headings to support various cataloging workflows. You can browse by author name, subject, series, and title.
    There is a known issue that when a record is deleted in Alma, the headings associated with that record are still available when browsing bibliographic headings.
    To browse bibliographic headings:
    1. Open the bibliographic headings browsing options in the MD Editor using one of the following methods:
      1. Click Browse Bibliographic Headings (Resource Management > Cataloging). The MD Editor page appears with the bibliographic headings browsing options.
        Bibliographic Headings Browse in the MD Editor
      2. Open the MD Editor (Resource Management > Cataloging > Open Metadata Editor), and click Browse Bib Headings in the Tools menu.
    2. For member institutions in a Network environment, select where you would like to browse using the Browse In parameter. The options are to browse the titles at the institution level (Institution) or browse the titles at the Network level (Network).
      Browse In Parameter for Network Members
    3. Select the type of headings to browse from the following options:
      • Names (the default option)
      • Series
      • Subject
      • Title
      • Call Number/Classifications
      When you select a headings type option other than the default (Names), the page refreshes to display the appropriate options for the headings type selected.
    4. Complete the browsing options for the action you want to perform. See the table below for a description of these options.
      Headings Type Options
      Names
      Source Code – Select one of the following options:
      • Corporate Name
      • Meeting Name
      • Personal Name
      • Uniform Title
      Search Value – Enter a names value for which you want to search.
      The Names vocabularies that are searched for Browse Bibliographic Headings is determined by the customer parameter set by Ex Libris for authority names. If more than one Names vocabulary is specified, the priority of the vocabulary to search is determined by the order specified in this setting.
      Series Source Code – Select one of the following options:
      • Corporate Name
      • Meeting Name
      • Personal Name
      • Uniform Title
      Search Value – Enter a names value for which you want to search.
      Subjects Vocabulary – Select one of the vocabularies from the available options in the drop-down list such as Library of Congress Subject Headings or U.S. National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings. The options that appear vary depending on which vocabularies you have configured in your system.
      Source Code – Select one of the following options:
      • Chronological Term
      • Genre/Form
      • Geographic Name
      • Medium of Performance
      • Topical Term
      Search Value – Enter a value for which you want to search.
      Title Search Value – Enter a names value for which you want to search.
      Call Number/Classifications
      Family - MARC 21, UNIMARC, and so forth.
      Source Code – Select one of the following options:
      • Library of Congress Call Number
      • National Library of Medicine Call Number
      • National Agricultural Library Call Number
      • Local Call Number 09X (ten different options)
      • Geographic Classification
      • Classification Numbers Assigned in Canada
      • Universal Decimal Classification Number
      • Dewey Decimal Classification Number
      • Additional Dewey Decimal Classification Number
      • Other Classification Number
      • Synthesized Classification Number Components
      • Government Document Classification Number
      Search Value – Enter a call number or classification value for which you want to search.
    5. Click Go. The browsing results appear arranged in the following manner:
      • Column 1 – An icon to indicate whether the bibliographic subject heading is connected to an authority record.
      • Column 2 – The number of bibliographic record headings found for a particular subject, name, series, or title headings row. If there are more than 20 headings found for a particular row, this column displays 20+.
      • Column 3 – The bibliographic record headings subject, name, series, or title found.
      • Column 4 – A View button for viewing the complete bibliographic record.
      Bibliographic Headings Browse Results for a Subjects Browse
      The results in the Bibliographic Record Headings column are sorted in subfield order. For example, 650 0 $a Gardening $z England $v Bibliography appears as Gardening England Bibliography in the following browse results list:
      Subfield Sort Order
      To address CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and other requirements for sorting the browse results list, non-filing text is removed according to all possible options such as bibliographic record indicators and special non-filing characters. See Using Non-Filing Markers and Using Non-Filing Indicators in KORMARC for more information.
      The default sorting for CJK is according to the CJK values and not Pinyin.
      For institutions that are defined/configured as Chinese, instead of using the above sorting mechanism, the primary sorting is done based on the CJK values and a secondary sorting is done based on the Pinyin values. For more information about defining the institution's language in Alma, contact Ex Libris.
    6. Use the less than/greater than symbols (< >) to browse the list backward and forward. As you page backward and forward, the first row of the page you are viewing appears as the last row of the previous page.
    7. When you have located a headings record that you want to view in more detail, click View for that row. The MD Editor opens in split-screen mode to display the additional information. For bibliographic headings records identified with the authority icon, the detail in the split-screen view displays both an Authority tab and a Bibliographic Records tab. The Authority tab presents the authority record that is associated with the bibliographic headings record. The Bibliographic Records tab shows the total number of records found in parentheses. In the example below, 3 records have been identified. When there are more than 20 records (that are identified by 20+ in the initial results list), the exact total of bibliographic records displays in parentheses on the Bibliographic Records tab.
      View Headings Record Detail in Split-Screen Mode – Authority Tab
      View Headings Record Detail in Split-Screen Mode – Bibliographic Records Tab
      20+ Records Example
      From the Bibliographic Records tab, you have the following options:
      • View
      • Edit
      View/Edit Options from the Bibliographic Tab
      While viewing the MARC record, you can page forward and backward through the bibliographic records when there is more than one using the list number or greater than/less than symbols.
      Paging Forward and Backward When There are Multiple Bibliographic Records
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