LCSH video recording headings

This announcement recently came through the OLAC listserv. For those interested in LC’s genre and form headings, definitely go and take a look at this document. The Policy and Standards Division is looking for your comments!

As part of its ongoing moving image genre/form headings project, early
this year the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of
Congress developed a plan to cancel the existing subject headings that
denote genres and forms of video recordings.  On May 11, 2009, PSD
posted a discussion paper on its web site and requested public comment.
(The discussion paper is available at

After reviewing all of the input it received, PSD will follow through
on most of the proposals presented in the discussion paper.  In summary,
the decisions are:

·       Topical headings (MARC tag 150) denoting a genre
or form of video recording will be cancelled in favor of the correlated
film headings;
·       The heading Video mini-series will be revised to
Film mini-series and the heading Television mini-series will be
·       The existing topical heading Interactive video will be made
plural and a genre/form heading will be created; and,
·       Genre/form headings for Internet videos, podcasts, and webisodes
will be created.

A full explanation of the decisions and the rationales behind them is
available at <>.

PSD sincerely thanks all those who provided their thoughts on the

Janis L. Young
Policy and Standards Division
Library of Congress

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