Optimize call number Advanced Search
Currently you can conduct an advanced call number search, but there are a few issues with it:
-It doesn't properly search the entry as a call number like the Browse function does. It treats it like a regular word which results in severely incomplete results. For example, if I do advanced search > call number > contains > MT, I receive 90 results, though we have 3,578 items with call numbers that begin with MT.
-The only way to see a mostly accurate number of holdings is to search partial numbers + an asterisk. For example, MT* returns most of our 3,578 items. Most users would not think to search with an asterisk.
-When limiting an Advanced Search by Call Number, the only limiters available are Contains and Is(exact). Starts With appears to be an option until you click on it, and then Call Number changes to Title which becomes unavailable to change. Starts With would be the best and most logical limiter for users for a call number search, but it's not available.
-The Contains limiter does not appear to function correctly. For example, I receive results when searching Advanced Search > Call number > Contains > M1003 .H64, but no results when I search M1003 .H.
(I submitted ticket 00523629 regarding these requests, and was advised to post them to the Idea Exchange.)
Lynne Billington commented
Exactly! It's a "contains" search not a proper "starts with" search, which is most useful for call number searches
m schwendener commented
> Starts With appears to be an option until you click on it, and then Call Number changes
> to Title which becomes unavailable to change