Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials

Seems we should be planning for updated genre/form authority records. No date just yet.
As a first step toward formally separating the genre/form terms from LC subject headings list, PSD titled the new thesaurus the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) in June 2010.

No earlier than March 1, 2011, PSD will revise the LCCNs and MARC 21 coding of the genre/form authority records to indicate that they are LCGFT terms, not LCSH headings. To accomplish this, all existing genre/form authority records with an sh prefix in the LC Control Number (LCCN) will be cancelled and replacement records for them will be issued simultaneously.

For the full announcement of these plans, including a description of the new coding, please see http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/gf_lccn.html.

The firm date for the reissuing of the records will be announced when it has been determined.

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