Sell more books with better BISAC

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Everything you need to know about the BISAC subject classification scheme

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Join Sarah Lawrence, Metadata Manager at Macmillan, and Hannah Johnston, Project Coordinator at BookNet Canada, for a thorough overview and update of the BISAC subject classification scheme. The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is a standard used across the North American supply chain to categorize books based on topical content. The Subject Heading applied to a book can determine where the work is shelved in a brick and mortar store, how major online retailers like Amazon categorize it, or the genre(s) under which it can be searched in an internal database.

In this webinar you'll learn the best practices for using BISAC to classify book content, uncover recent codelist updates, and discover how new subject codes are introduced. Finally, Lawrence and Johnston will spotlight a subject heading of particular interest to the Canadian supply chain: codes to identify Indigenous content.

Sarah Lawrence, Metadata Manager at Macmillan Publishers, began her career in scholarly editorial at Palgrave Macmillan, where she quickly took an interest in improving the quality of information sent to libraries and scholarly databases. She moved to Macmillan’s Central Digital Marketing department to work with metadata full-time in 2017, and earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from Queens College, CUNY in 2019. Lawrence is a member of the Book Industry Study Group’s BISAC Subject Codes Committee and has spearheaded Macmillan’s efforts to respectfully share information about authors from diverse backgrounds.

Hannah Johnston is a Product Coordinator at BookNet Canada, where she works on the SalesData and LibraryData projects. Prior to joining the BookNet team, Hannah worked in various environments including public libraries, academic archives, and local museums. Books are her first love, and she has reached the maximum number of loans and holds at her local library on numerous occasions.


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BookNet Canada is a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards, and education to serve the Canadian book industry. Founded in 2002 to address systemic challenges in the industry, BookNet Canada supports publishing companies, booksellers, wholesalers, distributors, sales agents, industry associations, literary agents, media, and libraries across the country.

BookNet Canada acknowledges that its staff, board, and partners work upon the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and Huron Indigenous Peoples, the original nations of this land. We endorse the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and support an ongoing shift from gatekeeping to spacemaking in the book industry.

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