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.


Mr. Casey Mullin (Member, April 21, 2014, to June 30, 2017)
Mr. George A. Prager (Member, February 28, 2011, to July 1, 2015)
Bruce Harwood Tabb (Member, February 28, 2011, to July 1, 2015)
Keri Cascio (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2018)
Julie Reese (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018)

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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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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.

Staff Liaison

Charles Wilt
ALCTS Executive Director
1-800-545-2433 x5030