Field 520 - Summary

This week's tip focuses on Field 520, which displays as "Summary, etc."  and is used to hold a short description or "blurb" about the work being cataloged.   As you may know, we recently concluded a survey regarding the Sage catalog, and one of the most frequently received comments from our patrons was: "More blurbs please!"   Therefore, this Tip of the Week is to remind/encourage you to add a 520 field and contents to records that don't have it.  Your patrons will thank you. "But wait!"  you say.  "Do I have to copy the blurb off the back cover (or dust jacket)?  That takes too long to type, and what if I don't have the physical item handy to copy from?" Well, fear not -- among the information listed in WorldCat,  you can usually find "Summary, etc." listed, and you can simply copy and paste from there.   However, usually is not always, and you may need to turn to other sources such as GoodReads, FantasticFiction or even Amazon.com to find a pre-written blurb.  This is also acceptable, however please identify the source if it is other than WorldCat or the publisher's own blurb. 

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