Two new MLA LCGFT resources available

The MLA Cataloging and Metadata Committee is pleased to announce the availability of two new resources for users of the new terms for music resources in the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT):

1) MLA Best Practices for Using LCGFT for Music Resources (version 1.0).

This resource is intended to help catalogers apply LCGFT music terms in the interim period between the release of the terms and the publication of best practices for LCGFT in the forthcoming Library of Congress genre/form terms manual. It will be updated on an ongoing basis until the aforementioned manual is available. Suggested additions or questions may be directed to the Chair of the MLA-CMC, Vocabularies Subcommittee (Casey Mullin, or the Chair of MLA-CMC (Beth Iseminger,

2) A hierarchical view of music terms in LCGFT.

By popular request, this document shows all of the currently-available LCGFT music terms in one linear hierarchical listing. Terms that overlap into other sections within LCGFT (e.g., general terms, literature terms) are also shown in those contexts. This resource is intended to complement the interactive environments–Classification Web, LC Authorities, LC Linked Data Service, OCLC Connexion–where LCGFT terms are already available.

As the music vocabulary within LCGFT grows and develops, this document will be updated as appropriate.

Both documents are available from this webpage:


Casey Mullin

Chair, MLA-CMC Vocabularies Subcommittee