Friday, April 11, 2008

Genre/Form Headings for Radio Programs

In August 2007, the Cataloging Policy and Support Office (CPSO) announced a project to begin issuing genre/form authority records (MARC 21 tag 155) for motion pictures, television programs, and videos. As the next step in the development of genre/form headings at the Library of Congress, CPSO has begun a project to create genre/form headings for radio programs. These headings are being created by catalogers in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) Division and will join those already being established for moving images. They are based chiefly on the concepts represented in the Radio Form/Genre Terms Guide (RADFG). Existing LCSH headings in the area of radio programming (MARC 21 tag 150) will also be considered for inclusion.

To support the creation and application of these headings, CPSO and MBRS have drafted a Subject Cataloging Manual (SCM) instruction sheet, H 1969.5, which is available in PDF format on CPSO’s website. Interested parties are invited to send comments on this instruction sheet to Janis Young at

CPSO reminds SACO participants that change requests and proposals for genre/form headings are not being accepted at this time.

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