Monday, October 25, 2010

Genre and Form Terms for Law

A logo of the Unites States Library of Congres...Image via WikipediaNews from LC. Since early 2007, the Library of Congress has created over 600 genre/form terms for moving images, sound recordings, and cartographic materials. In November 2010 the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) will approve approximately 80 genre/form terms for law, the culmination of a successful partnership with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), whose members developed a thesaurus of law genre/form terms and presented it to PSD. (For AALL's thesaurus see

The law genre/form terms will appear on LC's Tentative Weekly List 44 and be approved on November 3, 2010. The Library of Congress plans to implement the terms in new cataloging in early 2011; a separate announcement will be made when the specific date has been determined.

Additional information on this and other genre/form projects can be found on LC's genre/form web page, The page includes a timeline, an extensive FAQ, reports, discussion papers, and announcements.

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