[Koha] searching subjects in PAC

Rachel Hollis Rachel.Hollis at stevenshenager.edu
Wed Jan 13 05:57:23 NZDT 2010

Greetings friends, I believe that I need to change something for the users of our PAC and I can't believe that I have just noticed this issue.

When our users click a subject heading, they receive a "No results match your search for 'an:2812' in CASI Libraries Catalog" screen even when we have more than the one item with the subject heading. The "an" with the number part of the message indicates to me that the authority files are being used. Assuming that, under Administration > Systems Preferences > Authorities the following selections have been made:
authoritysep set to --
BiblioAddsAuthorities set to ON
dontmerge set to ON

Using the authority files while cataloging I have noticed that we have multiple headings; for the search above there are two headings in the authorities database, one with control number 2812 and one with 3488.

What can I do to allow our PAC users to click on heading and find the other titles with the same heading? Do I need to ask our system administrator to enable the merge_authorities.pl cron job? We are using Koha 3.01.

Rachel Hollis, librarian
Stevens-Henager College, Boise Idaho Campus

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