Monthly Archives: January 2016

Registration is open for Link to the Future : the 2016 Technical Services Retreat!

The OLC Technical Services Division’s biennial Retreat will take place  March 31 and April 1, 2016, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. The Retreat’s theme this year is “Link to the Future” and we are excited to have keynote speaker Bobby Bothmann. Visit the OLC site for details and registration information. The Technical Services Division Action Council is happy to be return to a great venue, and we have a slate of programs and speakers we are proud to offer. The format of the Retreat — where the participants and speakers stay for the entire length of the conference and have opportunities to network and socialize — is unique and we’re sure you’ll be glad you attended. But don’t take our word for it. Here are some comments from attendees at the 2014 retreat:

“The workshop format is so beneficial. I recommend that you retain it. Also, the accessibility of the presenters for questions outside of the presentations was great!” –Lisell Drake, GPO, Washington, D.C.

“I really enjoyed the venue! Great to have comfortable seating and the use of a table. Great speakers and topics as well!” –Lisa McPeek, Denison University Library

“The organizers struck the right balance of big picture and focused, practical topics” –Sevim McCutcheon, Kent State University Libraries

“The event was amazing! Hotel and staff were awesome! Great sessions with a lot of information ; I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun too! Thank you OLC! The food was outstanding! A great event overall!” –Linda Berry, Portsmouth Public Library

“I really liked the conference center. It was easy to get to, attractively designed, comfortable, affordable, and [the food was] delicious.” –Alyssa Briggs, Dayton Metro Library

“This was my first OLC TSD retreat, and I loved this facility. I hope we can come here again. Also, Battledecks was a lot of fun!”  –Wendy Bartlett, Cuyahoga County Public Library

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Fifty shades of … genre terms

The Library of Congress’ work compiling a thesaurus of genre and forms terms has been a massive effort and taken years of work. Now that the terms are out, what are the best practices for using them?

The Subject Headings Manual (SHM) has instructions on using one of the first thesauri to be released (moving images and radio programs, SHM H1913 and H1969.5, respectively), and even before that, LC provided some helpful guidance for applying genre terms for fiction in SHM H1970, which refer to another thesaurus developed outside LC, the GSAFD.

But now that more thesauri have been released in recent months, instructions for using the terms will compose a distinct document, The Genre/Form Terms Manual. The first draft was posted this week at the library of Congress website,

Presumably these instructions will supersede SHM H1913 and H1969.5 (and the special provisions in H1970) and bring consistency to genre/form terms assignment across all formats. According to the Cataloging Standards and Policy Office site’s official announcement, the instructions will be adopted later in 2016; in the meantime (or at least until May 31st) comments can be directed to Janis Young (

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