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.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

PB Core Metadata

Nope, PB Core isn't Peanut Butter Core, rather Public Broadcasting Core, metadata for public radio and television.
Yes, you can now download our starter kit including a free, fully functional FileMaker database for cataloging your content, and it’s custom-integrated with PBCore, the standard metadata dictionary worked out for you by public broadcasters!

Not sure how or why to dive into metadata? Your starter kit includes training resources and an online user guide. And if you download NOW, we will throw in a Listserv so you can trade information with media-makers just like you!

All of the scary but tedious work has been done for you! Over nearly six years, with CPB funding, a committee of your colleagues with an above-average geek quotient has ventured into this shadowy world and come back, bruised but living, with a metadata standard designed by and for both public TV and radio!

Monday, December 31, 2007


This makes post number 3,074 since 5 March 2002. Just an EOY summary. Happy New Year.


Version 1.0 for Flock, the social Web browser has been released. They also had the smarts to release an API, so others can continue the development.