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Musical genre and medium of performance in new British Library catalogue records for printed music

Friday, 2016-06-03

From 1 July 2016, new British Library catalogue records for printed music will no longer use Library of Congress Subject Headings and subdivisions to express either musical genre or medium of performance. Library of Congress Genre and Form Terms (LCGFT) and Library of Congress Medium of Performance Terms (LCMPT) will be used instead. The Library is considering the future of the subject and classification schemes we apply to our bibliographic records.

For example:

Before:

650 #0 $a Wind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe) $v Scores and parts.

After:

382 01 $a flute $n 1 $a oboe $n 1 $a clarinet $n 1 $a horn $n 1 $a bassoon $n 1 $s 5 $2 lcmpt
500 ## $a For wind quintet.
655 #7 $a Chamber music. $2lcgft $a Scores. $2 lcgft $a Parts (Music) $2 lcgft

LCSH will continue to be used for subject information, for example:

650 #0 $a World War, 1914-1918 $v Songs and music

LCSH will also continue to be used for aspects of genre relating to geographical area (e.g. "Folk songs England") and audience (e.g. "Methods Juvenile"), which are not part of LCGFT.

It is hoped that, eventually, genre and medium of performance terms contained in LCSH terms in the Library's existing records can be "crosswalked" to LCGFT and LCMPT. However, this will be a complex process and is not planned for the immediate future.

For further information, please contact metadata@bl.uk.

 

British Library launches consultation on use of FAST and abridged Dewey Decimal Classification

Friday, 2016-02-12

The Library is considering the future of the subject and classification schemes we apply to our bibliographic records.

We are now seeking the views of our stakeholders; including cataloguers, classifiers and catalogue users regarding:

  • replacement of Library of Congress Subject Headings with FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) developed by OCLC
  • selective introduction of abridged Dewey Decimal Classification

Follow the links below to the consultation document summarising the findings of our project and a brief survey on the future of the schemes involved.

Consultation on Subject Indexing and Classification standards applied by the British Library

Please complete and submit the short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YPSDPFY (closing date 4th April, 2016). We are particularly interested in your views on the impact this change would have on your work as either creators or consumers of our bibliographic data.

You may also contact us on this or any other subject related to the Library's metadata at the following address: metadata@bl.uk.

 


For further information please contact:

The British Library
Collection Metadata
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom

Email: metadata@bl.uk

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