Cataloging Fiction Series

As of June 2006, the Library of Congress no longer authorizes series statements. Nevertheless, since our patrons are interested in "which book comes next," we find series tags to be helpful in making our catalog more user-friendly. The 440 tag for series was made obsolete in December 2008. The authorized form of the series statement is entered in a 490 tag. Never use a 490 tag without also using a corresponding 800 or 830 tag.

We have decided to use the 490 tag along with the 800 tag, including the author/title format.

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Step 1 – Create 490 Tag
  • Workflows>Cataloging>Modify Title
  • Search for the item
  • Add 490 tag (*use right click to add field above or below highlighted line)
  • Add 1 in first indicator (this will indicate to the database there is an 8xx field)
  • Name of series, space, semi-colon, pipe, v, number
  • Example: 490 1_ Junie B. Jones ;|v18

Step 2 -- Create 800 Tag

  • Add 800 tag (*use right click to add field above or below highlighted line)
  • Add 1 in first indicator
  • Copy and past (Name of series, space, semi-colon, pipe, v, number) from the 490 tag and then add the author's last name comma author's first name comma pipe t (remember to add a period at the end of the 800 entry)
  • Example: 800 1_ Park, Barbara,|tJunie B. Jones ;|v18.
    Don't forget to note that you modified the record by going to the 040 tag and typing |dOLgKLS

Step 3 – Modify the Call Number
  • Go to the Call Number/Item tab
  • Add the volume number in the following format: FIC PAR PB #18

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