Arena 1.5:Tags

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Libraries are managed by using databases containing information about each item that they hold in stock. The information held includes classifications, such as 'adult fiction', 'junior ficton', 'periodicals' and 'reference'. This is good for library managers, but not always ideal for library users. Tags provide a way to link any item in the library to any other, in terms of ideas, themes, or interests. For example, if you are a fan of the actress Audrey Hepburn, you may use tags to link books about her to other books about her relatives, movies, places in which she lived, stayed or holidayed, or her preferred couturiers.

A tag is a word or phrase associated with one or more catalogue records. Tags are used to link related catalogue records in a way meaningful to Arena users.

For example, classic novels may be linked together by associating them with the 'classics' tag.

You may add your own tags to catalogue records.

Tag Clouds

A Tag Cloud is a panel which displays up to 10 frequently used tags added by Arena users. Tags are shown in different font sizes, depending on how frequently they are used. The most frequently used tags are shown in a largest font.

By clicking on a tag in the cloud, Arena will find all catalogue records which are associated with that tag.

Tag Cloud


There are three types of tag cloud:

  1. Inspirational tag clouds. These show the most popular tags used. This is the most commonly used type of cloud.
  2. Discovery tag clouds. These show tags related to a search result. as you search the catalogue, the relevant tags are added to the cloud, creating a discovery trail. You may then use the tag cloud to make related searches, and retrace your discovery trail.
  3. Global tag clouds. These contain tags from the central service irregardless of whether the title exists in the local database. This type of cloud is not often used.

Add tags to catalogue records

You may add your own tags to catalogue records.

  1. Search for an item to which you would like to add a tag. To learn more see Search.
  2. Click on the item's title. The Catalogue Record Detail screen for the item will open.
  3. Locate the Tag panel in the right area.
  4. Type the new tag, and then click Add tag(s).
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