Okay, I’m still recovering from ALA MidWinter 2016, and attentive followers will note that I actually tweeted out this thing’s existence prior to the conference!
So why wait until now to post, you ask? I WAS BUSY. Sorry.
Don’t fret y’all — I already e-mailed my comments to Janis Young at LC, because I know my feedback is hella valuable. But why should you miss out on my aforementioned valuable feedback? You shouldn’t. Here are some highlights/musings. Also do not take this to be an authoritative play-by-play, READ THE MANUAL.
[Note, I’m not including any of my feedback on typographical errors because that’s hardly substantive enough for the likes of you!
MARC Coding of LC Genre/Form Terms Assigned in Bibliographic and Authority Records J 105
The most interesting part of this memo (to me) (beside the Danny Joudrey shout out in example 1.a) is 1.b
A $3 subfield may be used to describe the part of the resource to which a term applies. Examples:
505 0# $a volume 1. A-H — volume 2. I-Z — volume 3. Biographies of important figures in education.
655 #7 $a Encyclopedias. $2 lcgft
655 #7 $3 volume 3: $a Biographies. $2 lcgft
Assigning Genre/Form Terms J 110
This is the clutch memo to read, if you read NO others, read this one.
1. General rule. Assign genre/form terms only as they come readily to mind after a superficial review of the resource being cataloged.
Note: The use of the phrase “significant proportion” is deliberate. Catalogers should take the intent of the resource into account and display good judgment when assigning terms from multiple levels of the hierarchy in this manner. (emph mine)
12. Subdivision of genre/form terms. Genre/form terms may not be subdivided, neither topically, geographically, chronologically, nor by form.
When to Establish a New Genre/Form Term J 120
2. New genres and forms that are not yet identifiable. When a resource being cataloged is of a genre or form that appears to be new but it is judged to be not yet definable and identifiable, assign available terms that most accurately describe the genre/form of the resource.
IT IS UNIDENTIFIABLE
Okay, so don’t just make something up for that oddity of a resource.
Authority Research for Genre/Form Term Proposals J 160
Note: Crowdsourced web sites and social media such as Wikipedia, DBpedia, Twitter, etc., are not generally considered to be authoritative when proposing genre/form terms.
Citation of Sources J 162
Maybe it’s just me, but it strikes me odd that they’re including in the LCGFT memos how to record citations from telephone calls and email correspondence. Since we’re not recording info on persons/families/corporate bodies, what kind of info do they expect we’re going to be finding out from these phone calls and emails that aren’t found in the MANY reference sources?
Form of Authorized Genre/Form Term J 180
Use natural language, this means:
- Terrible films
- not Films, Terrible
- Inscrutable poetry
- not Poetry, Inscrutable
Broader Term References J 186
“Orphan” terms – terms having no BT – are prohibited in LCGFT, except for the topmost term in each hierarchy (e.g., Instructional and educational works; Law materials; Motion pictures).
So make sure to have a BT in mind when proposing a term. If there’s really no decent BT, congrats you’ve discovered a heretofore unknown facet! Go propose the BT you wish existed while you’re at it!
- Legislation and Legislative Histories
- Moving Images
- Music (coming soon!)
- Radio Programs
Now having just checked, as of press-time the relevant memos in the SHM which previously covered these as genre/form terms still exist. But presumably some time after the LCGFT manual leaves ‘draft’ status, they’ll remove those redundant SHM memos.
Moving Images J 240
Example: The work in hand is a film made by a child. The topical term Dystopian films exists in LCSH and can be proposed for use as a genre/form term.