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) 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.
Although the authority records are not yet approved, they may be consulted in the Library of Congress authorities database. CPSO is planning the first release of radio program genre/form authority records in late spring, 2008. As with other proposed headings, these sample records may not reflect the final forms, reference structures, etc., 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)
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 through the link below. Interested parties are invited to send comments on this instruction sheet to Janis Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Draft of Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings H 1969.5
(PDF - 3 p.; 15K)