ALCTS White Paper on Faceted Vocabularies


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The ALCTS CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee announces the approval and release of a white paper, “A Brave New (Faceted) World: Towards Full Implementation of Library of Congress Faceted Vocabularies.” The full text of the white paper can be downloaded from the ALA Institutional Repository (ALAIR).

Prepared by the Working Group on Full Implementation of Library of Congress Faceted Vocabularies, ALCTS/CaMMS Subject Analysis CommitteeSubcommittee on Genre/Form Implementation, this document summarizes the development of faceted vocabularies by the Library of Congress in collaboration with the ALCTS CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee and several specialized cataloging communities. It contains suggestions and recommendations for next steps aimed at full-scale current and retrospective implementation of faceted vocabulary terms in bibliographic and authority metadata.

The vocabularies described in this document are the Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus (LCMPT), and the Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT). Although they are discussed in terms of MARC, these vocabularies represent a step forward as a bridge from MARC to emerging metadata formats such as BIBFRAME and to the linked data environment in general.