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About the Program
The book’s been written, edited, and published. Now it’s ready for the readers—but how are they supposed to find it?
That’s where the BISAC Subject Codes come in. BISAC is a standard used by many companies to categorize books based on their topical content. These codes can determine where a book is shelved in a store or the genre(s) under which its filed for internet searches, and whether or not a book finds its intended audience depends on which BISAC codes are applied to it.
In this session, Connie Harbison, Director Quality Control at Baker & Taylor, will give a presentation about the 2014 BISAC Subject Headings — how they developed, who sets the standard, who uses them (and why!), and how they help to make your book more marketable and more discoverable.
BISAC Subject Headings: Standards Basics for the Independent Publishers is the second in a three-part series, hosted by IBPA and co-produced by BISG, aimed at demystifying several of the core book industry standards through “101”-style sessions presented by experts in the field.
Here is the complete “Standards Basics for Independent Publishers” webinar series:
Webinar 1: Metadata: Standards Basics for Independent Publishers
Webinar 2: BISAC Subject Headings: Standards Basics for Independent Publishers
Webinar 3: ISBN & Identifiers: Standards Basics for Independent Publishers
About the Presenter:
Connie Harbison has been involved in the book industry for over 25 years, starting as a trade book buyer in one of Barnes & Noble’s college bookstores. She was with RR Bowker for 13 years, working with data integration and quality. For the past 9 years, Connie has worked as Director of Quality Assurance for Baker & Taylor. She has served as Chairman of the BISAC Subject Committee for the past 10 years. Connie holds a MA in English Literature from The Catholic University of America and a MLS degree from Rutgers University.