It Takes a Village: Developing Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms
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Q1. What are the contributions in "It takes a village: developing library of congress genre/form terms" ?
The Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials ( LCGFT ) this paper is a thesaurus of genre/form terms in the discipline of moving images ( films, television programs, and video recordings ).
Q2. What was the first organization to offer assistance to PSD?
The AALL Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group was one of the first organizations to offer assistance to PSD.
Q3. How many respondents were in favor of canceling the terms?
Over 70% of respondents, who represented both public and academic libraries and also archives, indicated that they were in favor of canceling the terms.
Q4. What is the problem with the genre/form thesaurus?
One of the problems inherent in the development of a thesaurus intended for use by a broad spectrum of institutions, from public libraries to archives, lies in formulating policies and terminology that will serve all user groups.
Q5. What did the group do to ensure that the terms were organized properly?
The group moved its communication to e-mail, and since past experience showed how unwieldy e-mail discussions can become if not properly organized and regulated, the group adhered to the strict rule of maintaining a separate thread for each term, with the term clearly indicated in the subject line.
Q6. What did the Editorial Group do to ensure use of current terminology, meaning, and scope?
Members of the Editorial Group consulted reference librarians, reviewed legal literature, and explored Google and Wikipedia to ensure use of current terminology, meaning, and scope.
Q7. What was the project to develop radio program genre/form terms?
The project to develop radio program genre/form terms was a logical extension of the moving image project, since radio program genres and forms are similar to those for moving images.
Q8. What was the process of forming the principles of LCGFT?
As the project progressed, the Editorial Group began to formulate principles through trial and error, and through internal discussions and ongoing communication with PSD and the leaders of the other genre/form projects: LCGFT IS A TRUE THESAURUSUnlike LCSH, which was built from the bottom up with cross-references added at a later date, LCGFT is being constructed from the top down.
Q9. What was the first project that was treated as an experiment?
The moving image project was the first and was treated as an experiment through which PSD would determine whether it was feasible to develop a new terminology and policies governing the syntax and application of the terms.
Q10. What is the role of the coordinator in the discussion paper?
The coordinator must also be aware that some of the reactions to discussion papers, and even to announcements, may be emotional and not intellectual in nature.