I'm hoping someone will have a brilliant idea I can use -- or at least spark a brilliant idea. If you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to share, even if you know it's not a perfect solution.
We're a 12-location public library and we are overhauling how we arrange and categorize our materials. We have moved to a mashup of Dewey call numbers and BISAC-like subject categories. We have tackled lots of hurdles but the remaining one is Paging Slips and I just can't come up with a good solution.
We still use Dewey numbers in the call number field and on our spine labels, but nonfiction materials are arranged on the shelf first by subject category (Art, Travel, Gardening, etc.) and then by Dewey within that section. I can't figure out a way to print the subject category on the paging slips, so our pages spend a lot of extra time looking for materials. They don't necessarily know what section the item is in just based upon Dewey and title.
We put the subject category name in multiple places in Sierra, but nowhere I can pull from on a paging slip, even using print templates. It's listed in a local subject heading field in the bib, in a custom variable length field in the item record, and in the label loc field in the item record.
Ideally we'd love to move to paperless paging anyway and just take a phone or tablet to the stacks. We have Mobile Worklists, but that doesn't run the paging process. We have Sierra Web, but that's not optimized for a touchscreen -- you can run notices from it, but you can't see any of the fields in question because you have to right click to get to the item record from the table.
A few other details -- we primarily use bib-level holds but we also run item and Inn-reach paging lists. We use paging priority to manage how things are paged at our multiple branches. And I don't really mess with SQL, but if anyone has brilliant ideas using that, I have people that do. I'm just not sure if you can manage the paging priority with what you can get through SQL. We're on Sierra 4.2.
Thanks for any and all suggestions!