Genre/Form Task Force (Past)


The MLA-CMC Genre/Form Task Force will review the genre/form and medium of performance lists posted by the LC Policy and Standards Division (PSD) on their genre/form website. The group will suggest additional terms from LCSH, from other established lists (e.g., the MLA Types of Composition list, the Ethnographic Thesaurus), and from reference sources. Suggestions for genre/form and medium of performance terms will also be solicited from the MLA membership at large. The Task Force will vet the terms suggested by its members and by the MLA membership and will forward these terms on to PSD for possible inclusion in the genre/form and medium of performance lists. The second phase of the project will include working with PSD to establish syndetic structures for each list and to collaborate on coding and other issues, including making MARBI proposals if necessary. The final phase of the project will involve establishing training procedures, both for creation of genre/form/medium authority records and for practical application of the new terminology.


  • Nancy Lorimer, Chair (2013-2016)
  • Beth Iseminger, Chair (2009-2013)
  • Ralph M. Hartsock
  • Caitlin Hunter
  • Martin D. Jenkins
  • Mark C. McKnight
  • Casey A. Mullin
  • Thomas Pease
  • Karen A. Peters
  • Sheila Torres-Blank
  • Hermine Vermeij