SAC Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation


Acts as facilitator of two-way communication between the Library of Congress cataloging Policy and Support Office (PSD) and the cataloging communities with an interest in genre/form headings, including but not limited to the moving image, music, and law communities. To fulfill this charge, the subcommittee will both disseminate information from the Library of Congress to the cataloging communities, and act as an advisory body to LC in the matter of genre/form heading implementation. The subcommittee will identify areas to prioritize in genre/form heading establishment, coordinate interested parties in the cooperative creation of genre/form authority records and retrospective conversion of topical headings (150) to genre/form headings (155), and facilitate the sharing of best practices information. The subcommittee will develop general principles answering questions in the application of genre/form headings, including but not limited to which subject analysis conventions are appropriate (subdivisions, for example), and how genre/form headings should be indexed and used in systems. The subcommittee should report on its progress to sac at midwinter and Annual Conferences. The continuing need for this subcommittee was affirmed at the Annual Conference 2009 and will be re-evaluated at the Annual Conference, 2012.


Adam L. Schiff (Chair, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2016)
Karen Anderson (Member, February 1, 2011, to June 30, 2018)
Lois Mai Chan (Member, July 1, 2009, to August 31, 2014)
Lia Contursi (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2016)
Stephen S. Hearn (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Yael Mandelstam (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2018)
Mrs. Mary L. Mastraccio (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2018)
Robert L. Maxwell (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2016)
Mr. Casey Mullin (Member, April 21, 2014, to June 30, 2017)
Dr. Edward T. O'Neill (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2015)
Mr. George A. Prager (Member, February 28, 2011, to June 30, 2018)
Bruce Harwood Tabb (Member, February 28, 2011, to June 30, 2016)
Hermine Vermeij (Member, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2018)
Julie Reese (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018)
Charles Wilt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to February 13, 2015)

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The SAC Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation consists of a number of members appointed by the chair of the subcommittee in consultation with the chair of SAC, serving 2–3 year terms and led by a chair appointed by the chair of SAC.

Subcommitees and Task Forces

Working Group on LCGFT Literature Terms

The SAC Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation Working Group on LCGFT Literature Terms is charged with working with the Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress to identify existing LCSH form headings for literature (e.g., Detective and mystery stories; Haiku) and recommending which of them should be included in Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT). The group will review and recommend the preferred and variant forms for each suggested LCGFT term. It will also develop syndetic relationships among the literature terms and between the terms for literature and other terms already in LCGFT.  The chair of the group will give a progress report to the full subcommittee at the ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings.


  • Alex Thurman, Chair
  • Karen Anderson
  • Sandra M. DeSio
  • Rosemary Groenwald
  • Stephen S. Hearn
  • Mary L. Mastraccio
  • Neil Robinson
  • Deborah A. Ryzska
  • Adam L. Schiff
  • Jill Siekman
  • Janis L. Young, LC PSD Liaison

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Working Group on Full Implementation of Library of Congress Faceted Vocabularies

The working group will draft a white paper, whose intended audience will include OCLC, the Library of Congress, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and other constituencies, including ILS and authority control vendors, advocating for the full implementation (current and retrospective) of new and emerging faceted vocabularies, most notably the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT), and the Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT).  The paper should at minimum address the following points:

  • The broad rationale for full implementation, including historical problems with the use of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to describe what a resource is (as opposed to what it is about)
  • Recommendations on how to make use of LCDGT very broadly, to better describe entities, when appropriate, by taking advantage of this vocabulary that is purpose-built to describe demographic characteristics
  • The need for retrospective implementation in legacy bibliographic records, i.e., machine-mediated generation of faceted terms in MARC bibliographic fields such as 382, 385, 386, 388, and 655, based on the presence in those records of LCSH headings and data in other MARC fields
  • The need for retrospective application of these faceted vocabularies in LC/NACO authority records and full implementation in newly created name authorities
  • Search and display improvements needed to fully exploit the terms, their syntax, and syndetic structure; these should be expressed as broad functional requirements rather than suggestions to improve particular discovery environments
  • Training needs for broad(er) implementation in current cataloging
  • Recommendations on any revisions needed in LC, PCC, OCLC, or other cataloging policy and practice documentation, for example, the Descriptive Cataloging Manual Z1, CONSER Cataloging Manual, BIBCO Participants’ Manual, OCLC’s Bibliographic Formats and Standards, etc.

The working group should consult and seek input from other constituencies and committees with an interest in these issues, such as the PCC Standing Committee on Automation, the Music Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, etc.

The working group will present a preliminary version of the paper for discussion at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2017.  The final version shall be presented to the subcommittee by the end of May 2017.


  • Casey Mullin, Chair, New York Public Library
  • Karen Anderson, Backstage Library Works,
  • Lia Contursi, Columbia University Law Library
  • Beth Iseminger, Harvard University
  • Yael Mandelstam, Fordham University School of Law
  • Mary Mastraccio, MARCIVE, Inc.
  • Robert Maxwell, Brigham Young University
  • George Prager, New York University Law Library


SAC Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation was established in 2008 at the request of SAC.

Get Involved

ALCTS values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on the SAC Subcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation. Members may informally represent cataloging communities that work with genre/form such as music, moving image, special collections, law, literature, art, etc.