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Statistical Codes in Action
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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!
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.
The stat. codes we are using in Polaris that correspond with the ANSCR categories we chose to use are in bold below:
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.
The stat. codes we are using in Polaris for DVDs (including Blu-Rays) are listed below:
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 email@example.com 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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