Working with Form Division Tables in KF Modified – (Part 1)

11Nov2011 at 3:25 pm (Cataloguing) (, )

One of the areas that can be challenging when working with KF Modified is the application of the various form division tables. The general idea is carried over from the form division tables used in the Library of Congress Classification (LCC). The form divisions bring together similar resources based on the form in which they were published. For example, bibliographies, periodicals, conference publications, etc., will be grouped together within a particular classification number.

The form divisions are intended to do the same thing in KF Modified. However, there are a couple of things to be aware of right off the top when using these tables in KF Modified.

  • Form division tables are not used with numbers that use the G.D. (Geographic Division)
  • There are a number of categories listed in the form division tables that are only to be used when cataloguing U.S. federal resources (these are marked with an asterisk in the tables); otherwise they are not used

Keep this in the back of your mind. We’ll return to these two points later as we work our way through this series.

The form division tables where completely revised in the LCC in 2007. Many subdivisions were discontinued at that time and reassigned to some of the other existing form division numbers. The discontinued form division numbers appear in parentheses in the tables and include a note indicating which number should is now applicable.

For example:

(14.5)        Encyclopedias
                           The Library of Congress discontinued use of this form
                           subdivision in 2007
                           see 17

17              Dictionaries. Encyclopedias

There are nine form division tables available for use in KF Modified. Gone are the days when most of these form division tables were laid out in one large table in KF Modified with each table appearing in its own column. It was a rather confusing set up. Each table is now presented on its own making it much easier to read and determine which of the form divisions should be used.

Over the next little while I’ll take a closer look at these form division tables, provide some general practice information and tips, and work through a few examples.

* Thanks to Joanne Berent, Reference Librarian at Gowlings in Toronto, for suggesting this series.


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