Return to speakers page


Sarah Lawrence

Metadata Manager


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.


Sell more books with better BISAC

July 13, 2-3 p.m. ET | Free

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.

Watch video