More on Subfield $v
weitzj at oclc.org
Mon Apr 5 12:13:37 PDT 1999
As is so often the case, we make mistakes when trying to figure out how to
implement a new practice. For example, at the Music Library Association
meeting in Los Angeles last month, it was announced that the music
subdivision "Instruction and study" had been re-evaluated. Although it
currently appears in the SCM (H 1160 and H 1161) as a form subdivision,
further consideration has returned it to topical status; the correction is
supposed to be published in the next SCM Update. One lesson here is that
we'll learn as we go along. Things will be in flux for a while.
The Vianne Sha example that you cite, however, is one of those ambiguous
situations that really cannot be resolved without checking the actual item.
Is it a bibliography of juvenile literature that is intended for use by an
adult or general audience? Or might it be a bibliography of juvenile
literature that is intended for a juvenile audience? Hard to say,
especially with the heading divorced from any bibliographic context.
From: Clarence Brown [mailto:cbrown at macc.wisc.edu]
Sent: Monday, April 05, 1999 2:16 PM
To: OCLC Enhance Libraries
Subject: Re: More on Subfield $v
Thankyou for the helpful list of websites. I consulted H1075 and other
chapters in the updated LC Subject Cataloging manual about two months ago.
Problems developed when a copy of the Sha document from Missouri was
amongst our catalogers, who found some of the examples contained therein
United States |x Social conditions |y 1980- |v Juvenile literature |v
Bibliography) to be in conflict with the general guidelines outlined in the
Subject Cataloging Manual (shouldn't juvenile literature in the above case
topical subheading, since this is presumably a bibliography about juvenile
literature, not a bibliography in the form of juvenile literature?)
I've taken printouts of the LC educational forum at the ALA midwinter, the U
Mississippi memo, the Schiff training material and am passing it on to our
catalogers. I only wish I had access to this material two months ago!!
At 12:51 PM 4/5/99 -0400, you wrote:
>As an addendum to my previous posting on the Subfield $v question, my
>colleague Linda Gabel has suggested checking out some of these Web sites.
>Collectively, they offer both historical background on the form/genre
>question and some insights into current practice and interpretation.
>The handouts, etc., from the Subject Analysis Committee's Subcommittee on
>Form Headings/Subdivisions Implementation educational forum that was held
>during ALA have been posted to the Subcommittee's website. The URL is:
>For the Subcommittee's current website see:
>For background material on the form/genre issue please see:
>For LC's description of the new subdivision authority records:
>Vianne Sha, University of Missouri-Columbia:
>Kathleen Wells, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries:
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