Institutions are able to choose how a record is selected as the record to appear in the results list as part of the frbr process
Where there are different editions of a work available, Primo groups these and uses the record with the richest metadata to display as the top record in the results list. Often this is not the most recent edition of the work. This can be misleading for users who believe the edition appearing in the results list to be the latest edition and so seek this out. For us, this has meant requests for items held on off-campus stores have been requested rather than a more recent edition held on the open stacks. I would like to suggest, therefore, that institutions are given the option to select how a record is selected to appear at the top level (by date, by metadata quality, by location).
You can now define the preferred record displayed for FRBR to be the recent edition – this is coming with Primo November 2020 release and already released for Primo VE in Q2 2020, as part of NERS 6230 – Enable option to favour latest edition of bibliographic work to top the FRBR group.
Manu Schwendener commented
> You can now define the preferred record displayed for FRBR to be the recent edition
March 2023, checked in Primo VE:
If you use
Define FRBR display for local records: Preferred
Sort FRBR Versions list by: Date – newest
the title that is shown in the short title list is NOT the newest one.
If you want to use this option, you need to open a support case with Ex Libris.
The screenshots are from a test view, which is why I don't post the URL.
Manu Schwendener commented
"Besides, it is important to [...] display only records that match with the search"
The ability to quickly see the most current relevant results is key to good user experience. Please count me in as a vote for favoring the latest edition of bibliographic work to top the FRBR group.
Paul Gardner commented
I see that this is planned, but during COVID it has become even more crucial for staff and patrons stretched for time and resources to have the requested item be the desired item upon pickup.
Flora Sanz Calama commented
Besides, it is important to have possible filtering FRBR groups to display only records that match with the search definition. It happens in recommended bibliography. They are reprints of the same book with the same ISBN, but students need only the last reprint. So, it would be useful to filter FRBR groups and display the last reprint.
Martin Gränicher commented
We would appreciate the possibility to boost the digital or electronic version for display in the brief results, as it is the one immediately accessible to our users.
In general, it would be a great improvement if the version on brief display could be determined by several criteria, most importantly (next to electronic or print) by publication date.
Stacey van Groll commented
We have our local FRBR groups set to Generic, instead of Preferred, for the top record, and then sort by Date-newest within, which seems like the best way currently to overcome this.
Deborah Fitchett commented
Just a restating of the problem from our point of view (copied from our previous NERS request):
FRBR grouping is based on title and author, and the "preferred record" chosen to display by default in search results is determined based on "relevance".
This works poorly for textbooks, where users almost invariably want the latest edition. Instead they're often presented with an old edition for opaque reasons (perhaps an algorithm notes that one of their search terms occurs 6 times in the 3rd edition's abstract and only 5 times in the 9th edition's abstract). Users assume this is the most recent version we have and don't look any further.
Conversely we imagine that in some settings, the oldest version would be the most canonical - Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland would be the appropriate one to display, and not the omnibus, sequel, audiobook, or movie.
So it would be great if the option could be provided for libraries to choose either:
1) relevance ranking only (status quo)
2) prefer newer editions
3) prefer older editions
We would also like this feature...specifically, location sort. Once a patron selects the frbr group to view the individual records, we'd like our library's record to sort higher than the record from another library in our consortium.