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Connexion: new changes to coding (Tech Bulletin 258)

(Michael's email message gives a more concise summary)

5/24/10

Tech bulletin 258


Mills College 949

5/24/10

Reminder about what to add to Mills College items.


Genre headings: Subdivisions

3/2/10

Do not add subdivisions to genre field 655, not even geographical. If you import from OCLC, delete them in Midcat. You may notice that Midcat currently has many genre headings with subdivisions -- perhaps this can be a cleanup project later (but probably not a priority).

Here's the info from a Genre FAQ:

  • Q30: Is subdivision of genre/form headings permitted?
    • A: There is currently no provision for the subdivision of LC genre/form headings, either topically, chronologically, geographically, or by form. The MARC authority and bibliographic formats permit it, but LC has chosen not to implement the subfields at this time.
  • Updated Q31: Why can’t the moving image genre/form headings be subdivided geographically?
    • A: Whether geographic subdivision of moving image genre/form headings should be permitted has been an ongoing debate, and there are valid arguments on each side. The argument against geographic subdivision is mostly a philosophical one: geography is not part of the genre or the form of a work. A horror film is a horror film whether it is produced in France or in the United States.

      There are also practical arguments against geographic subdivision. bibliographic formats permit it, but LC has chosen not to implement the subfields at this time.

For more information, see the complete LC document (pdf) (also on the wiki at Call Numbers, Subject Headings, & Genre Headings )



856 indicators for Table of Contents

3/1/10

At one time we decided to change the 2nd indicator from 1 (version of resource) to 2 (related resource). From now on, don't bother . . .


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