Hur-Li Lee & Lei Zhang: “Tracing the Conceptions and Treatment of Genre in Anglo-American Cataloging” (Article, 2013)
Hur-Li Lee & Lei Zhang (2013). “Tracing the Conceptions and Treatment of Genre in Anglo-American Cataloging.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 23 Sep.
This study examines the conceptions and treatment of genre in four sets of modern Anglo-American cataloging rules spanning 171 years. Genre-related rules are first identified through “genre(s),” “form(s),” and “type(s)” keyword searches, and manual examination of the contents, then analyzed by level of treatment genre receives and by user tasks, as defined in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. While genre is found to be sporadically addressed across the rules, its significance has increased over time. In conclusion, the authors call for a rigorous and functional definition of genre and an integrated approach to genre in cataloging.