Have LC call numbers in item records appear as they would on a spine label

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To help patrons find items in LCC libraries, the call numbers should be displayed in the OPAC with Cutters "stacked" as they would appear on an item's spine label.

It's confusing for patrons to see the call number presented in a linear way that doesn't look like what they see on the shelf.

Status: 
Under review

Comments

Re: Have LC call numbers in item records appear as they ...

I'm concerned about the length this could add to pages. Many LOC call numbers are four lines long, so this could easily make lists of items four times longer!

Re: Have LC call numbers in item records appear as they ...

If you're getting to the point where a list of items is unwieldy due to its length, wouldn't users already be using scopes to make the list more reasonable?  Consider the largest catalog entry for Unbroken in NOBLE, the case of a very popular nonfiction book in a system with LC numbers:

http://evergreen.noblenet.org/eg/opac/record/2974305?locg=1

Already this list is useless unscoped (unless you happen to live in Beverly), accurately-displayed LC numbers wouldn't have much effect on that.  And what's the danger of overemphasizing call numbers?  The user already has to scroll down just to see them since useless-to-patron information like ISBNs and physical description details takes center stage.

Re: Have LC call numbers in item records appear as they ...

I don't think the fact that scrolling is necesary should be used as an argument to say that more scrolling is inconsequential. Scrolling is time consuming and repetive and the need for it should be minimized. How do you ballance that against possible patron confusion? It's hard to say, but I have yet to encounter a patron who was confused by the lack of line breaks in the catalog, so I'm inclined to think it is very uncommon, whereas everyone who uses the catalog finds themselves scrolling at times.

As for the ISBNs and physical descriptions, someone at Noble must think they are very useful indeed, since the decision was made to move most of the metadata below the call numbers, but to keep theses on the top.