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Subject Codes Committee

BISG's Subject Codes Committee maintains the BISAC Subject Headings, Merchandising Themes and Regional Themes. The committee also provides guidance on the implementation and use of the lists by publishers, retailers and other interested parties. The committee is chaired by Connie Harbison of Baker & Taylor.

Committee Goals

The Subject Codes committee works to provide:

  • Updates to the BISAC Subject List so that the resource remains current and continues to meet the needs of the industry

  • Periodic guidance and instruction on best practices in use of the Subject Codes and related lists

    Why work on Subject Codes?

    Many businesses within the North American book industry, including most major publishers, as well as retailers and distributors that include Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Bookscan, Bowker, Indiebound, Indigo, Ingram, use the headings in a variety of ways. Some libraries are also utilizing the BISAC Subjects to facilitate the browsing experience for patrons, an area the committee may study further.

    What can you expect from our work? 

    • Update of the BISAC Subject Codes, with the next revision expected in the fall of 2020

    Committee Working Groups

    Committee Products


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