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November 16, 2009

LC PSD Video Headings Paper Issued

The Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress has issued a paper that announces its plan for dealing with leftover topical video recording headings in LCSH. Most of these headings had a corresponding film heading, so the video heading will be canceled in favor of the film heading. There are also plans for other types of headings like "mini-series" and internet video/webisode/podcasts.

Read the entire paper here

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December 12, 2008

LC to use FG headings in new cataloging

Hot off the press!

LC has just announced that they will be using the new LC form/genre headings exclusively in new cataloging starting 1 January 2009. Headings from Moving Image Genre-Form Guide (MIGFG), Moving Image Materials: Genre Terms (MIM) will no longer be assigned.

The full announcement may be read at the Policy & Standards Division website

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September 18, 2008

Genre/Form FAQ from LC

LC CPSO has just published a Genre/Form FAQ. It's quite helpful, and I've put a link to it on our project wiki.

Continue reading "Genre/Form FAQ from LC" »

July 14, 2008

CPSO Genre/Form Report to LC managers approved!

Hot off the press from OLAC-List (and others):

In early 2007 the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) of the
Library of Congress initiated a project to create authority records for
genre/form headings (MARC tag 155), which indicate what a work is, as
opposed to what it is about. The first discipline undertaken was that
of moving images (films, television programs, and video recordings), and
was accomplished in cooperation with the Moving Image, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS). The first 70 or so moving image
genre/form authority records (MARC tag 155) were approved in September 2007, and there are currently almost 400 headings available for use.

The second project undertaken, also in cooperation with MBRS, was to
create radio program genre/form headings. The first of these authority
records was approved in May 2008.

This past Tuesday members of CPSO presented a report on the moving
image genre/form project to LC managers. The report
— explains the function of genre/form headings, including the impact
that they have on both cataloging operations and end-user searching;
— reviews the history of genre/form headings in MARC format and at LC
over the last decade;
— explains the logic of choosing moving image headings as the
experimental group and the principles and policies that CPSO developed
as the project progressed; and,
— recommends the expansion of genre/form headings beyond moving
images and radio programs into such disciplines as law, music,
literature, cartography, and religion.

The report was approved by LC management and has been posted on CPSO's web site.

Specific information on development and implementation strategies will
be released as they are developed.

Questions about the genre/form projects may be addressed to CPSO in
care of Janis Young.