Searching for DVD’s in the Catalog

I recently received (yesterday) the following text message from a dear friend, “Why when I type in (name of tv show) to OhioLINK do I not get the results I’m looking for?” I have requested said items for this friend before so I knew exactly what she was looking for. I took a few minutes reveling in the warm feeling that reference questions bring me (also I was getting ready for a webinar haha) but then I formulated my rant like response.
I explained to her that by just typing a title into the keyword search bar of OhioLINK or any catalog it doesn’t know what format of material you are looking for, also you’ll need to check SearchOhio for this item. But go ahead and start your search in OhioLINK, trying this “(name of tv show) AND dvd” Now in SearchOhio the number of the season isn’t included in the title so you’ll have to click on each result to find which ones you want.
I guess what I’m getting at is that can the season be included in the title field? Or stuck in a 246 so it can be searchable? I don’t understand how all searching works in the catalog with which I work the most yet let alone OhioLINK or SearchOhio, I’m just thinking for the patrons sake there has to be a way to include this information on the results screen. And maybe it already is I am just not searching it correctly.
*Disclaimer I love both OhioLINK and SearchOhio dearly! We are so lucky to have access to them. Without them it would take an awful long time to request books, if we could even find libraries to lend them out. While these views and opinions are my own and do not reflect my employer, I think we can all agree making things easier for the patron is of great importance, it just so happens those are the catalogs with which we were working is all, no hard feelings at all!


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