TITLE: Expanding the Power of the Library's Family of Vocabularies: Genre/Form Headings
SPEAKER: Janis Young
EVENT DATE: 2009/07/02
RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes
In 2007, the Library of Congress embarked upon a project to create a system of genre/form headings, which describe what a work is rather than what it is about, as subject headings do. This presentation will explain the motivations for undertaking the project, including the need to anticipate the linked data requirements of the new generation of search engines and user interfaces, and also enumerate the authority record distribution channels, which furnish data for both human use and for data mining and computer manipulation. In addition, the presentation will address the practical impacts of this project on LC staff and users alike.
Speaker Biography: Ms. Young came to the Library of Congress with deep experience in Whole Book cataloging in the areas of World History, World Literature, Journalism, and the Performing Arts. For the last several years, she has been a subject cataloging policy specialist in the Policy and Standards Division of the Library. She has spearheaded the development of genre/form headings for moving images and radio programs, and in September 2008, became the genre/form coordinator for the Library.
SERIES: Digital Future and You