RE: [IUG] Webopac Foreign Language film search
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- Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2006 11:14:29 -0500
- From: "Wynn, Stephen" <swynn at truman dot edu>
- Subject: RE: [IUG] Webopac Foreign Language film search
We have done a couple of things to help with finding films by foreign
For foreign feature films, we add the subject heading:
Motion pictures, [Language].
We have only done this for feature films, so foreign-language
documentaries and many videos get left out.
Also, as we got more and more DVDs with multiple language tracks and
multiple subtitles, it occurred to me that our international students
and our language learners might be interested in seeing any movie with a
soundtrack in an arbitrary language -- say, Thai -- regardless of
whether the film was originally produced in Thai, or any movie with Thai
subtitles, all regardless of whether Thai was offered as a limit in our
catalog (it's not).
After pondering the problem for awhile, I set up a MySQL database with a
PHP front end that allows our users to browse videos by language, with
options for searching by primary language (from MARC 008), language
track (from MARC 041 subfields a), and subtitles (from MARC 041
subfields b). Now a Thai speaker or a Thai learner can see that not
only do we have two Thai-language films, but we also have a copy of
"Stand by me" with a Thai track, or a copy of "Easy rider" with Thai
It took a bit of work to set up (lots of record clean-up!), and the
interface is not the prettiest you've ever seen, but maintenance is a
snap if you know a little Perl, and I'd be happy to share with anyone
who is interested.
From: innopac-bounces at innopacusers dot org
[mailto:innopac-bounces at innopacusers dot org] On Behalf Of John Schlosser
Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 10:33 AM
To: innopac at innopacusers dot org
Subject: [IUG] Webopac Foreign Language film search
Do any of you have your webopac setup to search for films by foreign
language? Right now we have lists that we run, that are then
transferred to a paper printout for the patrons.
I thought about adding to our feature lists.. one for each language,
but was hoping there was an easier way.
Thanks for your assistance,
Santa Clara City Library
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