Friday, January 04, 2008

Genre/Form Headings for Radio Programs

Adapted from the e-mail distributed to many lists.

As the next step in the development of genre/form headings at the Library of Congress, the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) would like to announce the beginning of a project to add genre/form headings for radio programs to the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). These headings will join those already being established for moving images.

The genre/form headings will be based chiefly on the concepts represented in the Radio Form/Genre Terms Guide (RADFG). Existing form headings in the area of radio programming from LCSH (currently coded with MARC authority field 150) will also be considered for inclusion.

Catalogers in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, in cooperation with CPSO, have begun to create "proposed" authority records to aid in discussions related to the development of these genre/form headings. Although these records are not yet approved, they may be consulted in the Library of Congress authorities database. As with other proposed subject headings, these sample records may not reflect the final forms, reference structures, et cetera, but are provided to assist in the development process:

  • Audience participation radio programs (sh2007025534)
  • Christmas radio programs (sh2007025570)
  • Horror radio programs (sh2007025535)
  • Radio adaptations (sh2007025531)
  • Western radio programs (sh2007025532)
A draft instruction sheet detailing the creation and application of these headings is also being written for inclusion in the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings and will be posted on CPSO's web site for public comment. An alert will be sent to various discussion lists when that occurs.

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