Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hierarchies for Moving Image Genre/Form Headings

LC has requested comments about hierarchies for moving image genre/form headings.
In 2007 the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress began an experiment to develop genre/form headings in the area of moving images (films, television programs, and video recordings), knowing that some of the decisions made in the first years of the project would be revisited as the genre/form thesaurus was further developed and libraries began to implement the headings.

LC began to apply moving image genre/form headings in new cataloging on January 1, 2009, and the need for more hierarchy in the thesaurus became evident. PSD is therefore requesting comment on a proposed change to the hierarchies for moving image genre/form headings. In short, headings would be explicitly placed into either the Fiction or the Nonfiction hierarchy where appropriate. The discussion paper, which is available at, includes a list of all of the approved headings for television programs, and indicates the proposed broader, narrower, and related term relationships for each. Decisions made for forms and genres of television programs will also be applied in the area of film.

Respond to this proposal by February 26, 2010.

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