Add 880 field to the Bibliographic Details dimension table in Analytics
In MARC bibliographic records, the 880 field is used for non-Roman script equivalents of other fields in the bib record. CJK (Chinese, Japanese & Korean) libraries, for example, may use the 880 to record the non-Roman script equivalent of the Romanized characters in a 245. We would like the 880 field to be searchable in Analytics so we can create new book lists in the CJK scripts. New book lists are very popular with our users and we would like to be able to present these lists in the CJK scripts.
Christian Layow commented
Was asked to create a report for our CJK receivers to get through the pandemic backlog of periodicals that need receiving. Physical items are of course labeled in their respective scripts, so I was asked to get the titles in the report in their respective scripts. Surely an important aspect of title criteria would be to provide all the MARC data in the 245 field.
Dawn Lawson commented
The ability to print data culled by Analytics in non-Roman characters is mission-critical for large research libraries and many others, too. It is disappointing and surprising to find that this function is not available in the globalized and diverse world of 2021. Rather than determining when to implement this by number of votes or thinking of it as an "enhancement", I would urge you to consider this a serious flaw that needs correcting and give it your attention as soon as possible.
Thank you very much.
Director, Asia Library
University of Michigan
Liangyu Fu commented
I think it would be necessary to have 880 field included in Alma Analytics. For me, including original scripts is really a diversity and equity issue. Chinese is a tonal language, but standard romanization of Chinese has no indication of the tone of the characters. This makes it extremely difficult to rely just on the romanization to identify the title of the book. Adding 880 field would benefit all library staff who deal with CJK materials and our large community of users too.
Timothy Prettyman commented
This is very important for any customer that does cataloging with linked script fields.
Natasha Allen commented
This would be helpful to us as we have some important reports that we would like to include this information in.