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Stat. Codes in Action – A BCCLS Library Implements Stat. Codes

Now that you know how easy it is to use stat. codes when linking in order to analyze your collection in depth (see Stat. Codes & collectionHQ and Collection Use Summary) some thought needs to be given to the stat. codes that are going to be used by your library. To see all of the stat. codes you can choose from, you can simply select any item record in Polaris and drop down the list of stat. codes on the bottom left of the item record workform. A comprehensive list of all the available stat. codes will appear. Alternatively, you can refer to Appendix D in the Polaris Training Manual, which also lists all of these statistical codes. The full list is an exhaustive list, and you will want to “customize” a briefer list for your library's reporting purposes. Here is an example of some of the stat. codes that The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights chose for all their DVDs/Blu-rays and CDs. We hope this will help your library get started with implementing stat. codes!

CDs

Most of our stat. codes for CDs are based on the Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings (ANSCR) which is composed of 46 major categories into which all sound recordings are organized. Below is the entire ANSCR list, with the categories our library chose to use in bold.

A

Music Appreciation: History and Commentary

B

Operas: Complete and Highlights

C

Choral Music

D

Vocal Music

EA

Orchestral music: General Orchestral

EB

Orchestral music: Ballet Music

EC

Orchestral music: Concertos

ES

Orchestral music: Symphonies

F

Chamber Music

GG

Solo Instrumental Music: Guitar

GO

Solo Instrumental Music: Organ

GP

Solo Instrumental Music: Piano

GS

Solo Instrumental Music: Stringed Instruments

GV

Solo Instrumental Music: Violin

GW

Solo Instrumental Music: Wind Instruments

GX

Solo Instrumental Music: Percussion Instruments

H

Band Music

J

Electronic, Mechanical Music

K

Musical Shows and Operettas: Complete and Excerpts

L

Soundtrack Music: Motion Pictures and Television

MA

Popular Music

MB

Blues/Rhythm and Blues/Soul

MC

Country/Western

MD

Big Band

MG

Contemporary Christian/Gospel

MJ

Jazz

ML

Latin Pop

MM

Heavy Metal

MN

New Age

MP

Rap/Hip-Hop

MR

Rock, Rhythm and Blues, etc.

MW

Pop World Music

N

Wedding Music

P

Folk and Ethnic Music (National)

Q

Folk and Ethnic Music (International)

R

Holiday Music

RC

Christmas Music

RH

Holiday Hebrew Music

S

Varieties and Humor

SR

Varieties and Humor: Radio Transcriptions

ST

Varieties and Humor: Television Transcriptions

T

Plays

U

Poetry

V

Prose (Fiction)

VN

Prose (Nonfiction)

W

Documentary: History and Commentary

X

Instructional or Informational Spoken Recordings

Y

Sounds and Special Effects

ZI

Children's Recordings: Instructional

ZM

Children's Recordings: Music

ZR

Children's Recordings: Holiday Music

ZRC

Children's Recordings: Christmas Music

ZS

Children's Recordings: Spoken

ZU

Children's Recordings: Poetry

The stat. codes we are using in Polaris that correspond with the ANSCR categories we chose to use are in bold below:

  • ANSCR A: Music Appreciation: History and Commentary
  • ANSCR B: Operas: Complete and Highlights
  • ANSCR C: Choral Music
  • ANSCR D: Vocal Music
  • ANSCR EA: Orchestral music: General Orchestral
  • ANSCR EB: Orchestral music: General Orchestral
  • ANSCR EC: Orchestral music: Concertos
  • ANSCR ES: Orchestral music: Symphonies
  • ANSCR F: Chamber Music
  • ANSCR GG: Solo Instrumental Music: Guitar
  • ANSCR GO: Solo Instrumental Music: Organ
  • ANSCR GP: Solo Instrumental Music: Piano
  • ANSCR GS: Solo Instrumental Music: Stringed Instruments
  • ANSCR GV: Solo Instrumental Music: Violin
  • ANSCR GW: Solo Instrumental Music: Wind Instruments
  • ANSCR GX: Solo Instrumental Music: Percussion Instruments
  • ANSCR H: Band Music
  • ANSCR J: Electronic, Mechanical Music
  • ANSCR K: Musical Shows and Operettas: Complete and Excerpts
  • ANSCR L: Soundtrack Music: Motion Pictures and Television
  • ANSCR MA: Popular Music
  • ANSCR MB: Blues/Rhythm and Blues/Soul
  • ANSCR MC: Country/Western
  • ANSCR MD: Big Band
  • ANSCR MG: Contemporary Christian/Gospel
  • ANSCR MJ: Jazz
  • ANSCR ML: Latin Pop
  • ANSCR MM: Heavy Metal
  • ANSCR MN: New Age
  • ANSCR MP: Rap/Hip-Hop
  • ANSCR MR: Rock, Rhythm and Blues, etc.
  • ANSCR MW: Pop World Music
  • ANSCR N: Wedding Music
  • ANSCR P: Folk and Ethnic Music (National)
  • ANSCR Q: Folk and Ethnic Music (International)
  • ANSCR R: Holiday Music
  • ANSCR RC: Christmas Music
  • ANSCR RH: Holiday Hebrew Music
  • ANSCR S: Varieties and Humor
  • ANSCR SR: Varieties and Humor: Radio Transcriptions
  • ANSCR ST: Varieties and Humor: Television Transcriptions
  • ANSCR T: Plays
  • ANSCR U: Poetry
  • ANSCR V: Prose (Fiction)
  • ANSCR VN: Prose (Nonfiction)
  • ANSCR W: Documentary: History and Commentary
  • ANSCR X: Instructional or Informational Spoken Recordings
  • ANSCR Y: Sounds and Special Effects
  • ANSCR ZI: Children's Recordings: Instructional
  • ANSCR ZM: Children's Recordings: Music
  • ANSCR ZR: Children's Recordings: Holiday Music
  • ANSCR ZRC: Children's Recordings: Christmas Music
  • ANSCR ZS: Children's Recordings: Spoken
  • ANSCR ZU: Children's Recordings: Poetry

Note: There are other stat. codes in use for our music CDs in addition to those listed here, however choosing stat. codes based on the ANSCR categories can be a quick and easy way to get your library started with stat. codes.

DVDs

The stat. codes we are using in Polaris for DVDs (including Blu-Rays) are listed below:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Animated (for animated films that defy genre)
  • Anime
  • Biography
  • Classic
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Dance
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Feature Film
  • Historical
  • History
  • Holiday
  • Horror
  • Music
  • Musical
  • Mystery
  • Non-Fiction (more specific non-fiction designations are provided by Dewey numbers)
  • Religion
  • Romance
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Science
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports
  • Superheroes
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • War
  • Western
  • Chinese Language Materials
  • Danish Language Materials
  • French Language Materials
  • German Language Materials
  • Hebrew Language Materials
  • Hindi Language Materials
  • Indic Languages Materials
  • Italian Language Materials
  • Japanese Language Materials
  • Korean Language Materials
  • Polish Language Materials
  • Portuguese Language Materials
  • Russian Language Materials
  • Spanish Language Materials
  • Swedish Language Materials
  • World Language Materials

NOTE: Any stat. codes that are used in your linking will be reflected in the list of Collection Codes in collectionHQ. Collection Codes are comprised of three parts of the item record in Polaris, each separated by a hyphen (-), Material Type - Collection - Stat. Code (e.g. DVD - Adult Media - Action). However, Collection Codes do NOT appear automatically in collectionHQ once they begin to be used by a library. Please email collectionhq@bccls.org if you begin using a new stat. code and would like it to appear in the list of Collection Codes in collectionHQ. Include any and all Collection Codes (linking combinations) that would result in the use of this new stat. code in your linking.

HINT: To take a look at a variety of other Collection Codes being used and, subsequently, the stat. codes that are being used in BCCLS, along with how many/which libraries are using them, you can view the System Wide Collection Use Summary in collectionHQ for whichever type of collection you are interested in, Fiction, Non-Fiction or Non-Book. Since we are looking at stat. codes for CDs and DVDs/Blu-rays, you can find stat. codes used in BCCLS for these items in the Non-Book module under Manage. Within this module, under Collection Demand you can click on the System Wide Collection Use Summary and then click Run. The report that displays will list every Collection Code in BCCLS, with separate pages for each audience level. You can filter the Collection column by material type if you wish by typing the name of that material type into the blank white box at the top of the Collection column (e.g. type in 'DVD' to see what Collection Codes exist in BCCLS for DVDs). Once you see a Collection Code that contains a stat. code you are considering using, look at the column all the way to the right that shows Total Libraries With Collection to see how many other BCCLS libraries use that Collection Code, and click on the Collection Code itself to see which libraries are using it. Alternatively, you can filter the Collection column by stat. code by typing the name of a stat. code into the blank white box at the top of the Collection column, and then you can look at the list of Collection Codes containing that stat. code to see how the stat. code is being implemented by other BCCLS libraries.

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