"Defining the Genre; What's the Form?": LC Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials


This webinar, presented by Janis Young, will introduce participants to Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT). It will emphasize the correct application of genre/form terms, and hands-on exercises will assist participants in acquisition of this skill. The webinar will also include a briefing on the core principles underlying LCGFT, and a discussion of the ways that genre/form terms and subject headings complement each other to give the user a full understanding of a work.

Janis L. Young is a senior cataloging policy specialist and the genre/form coordinator in the Library of Congress' Policy and Standards Division (PSD). She is responsible for subject headings and classification numbers in the disciplines of geography, history, literature, religion, political science, and military and naval science. Ms. Young is also PSD's subject training coordinator and editor of the Subject Headings Manual and Classification and Shelflisting Manual. She serves as LC's liaison to several committees and organizations, including the Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) of ALCTS; SAC's Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation; and Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC) and its Cataloging Policy Committee; and also regularly presents the LC report to ALCTS' Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG). She is also a committee member of IFLA's Classification and Indexing Section.

NOTE: This webinar session is available only to Minitex participants in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. A recording will be posted online soon after the live presentation.

Who Should Attend?

Catalogers and other interested library staff who work with materials that call for genre/form headings; examples of such material include videorecordings, audio recordings, fictional works, maps, law materials, and so forth.


1. Cataloging experience, especially with materials that may call for genre/form headings (e.g., audiovisual works, music materials, maps)

2. Familiarity with the MARC21 format for bibliographic records; some knowledge of the MARC21 format for authority records is helpful, but optional

3. Familiarity with Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) or other similar listing of subject vocabularies