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Tom is correct. I did use the wrong genre source code. The $2 Source 
of Term should be "marcgt". I simply let my eyes rove a bit too far 
down the list as I flipped back and forth between browser tabs.

For those interested in following my process:
1. Start at the full 
explanation of 655 - Index Term Genre/Form
2. Scroll down to the $2 subfield where you find the link to 
<>MARC Code 
Lists for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.
3. Follow that to a redirect page that takes you to 
<>MARC Field Index to Source Code Usage.
4. scroll down to 
<>FIELD 655 
(Index Term Genre/Form)

Genre/Form Code and Term Source Codes is a

list of sources of terms and/or codes indicating the genre, form, 
and/or physical characteristics of the materials being described in 
bibliographic records and assigns a code to each source. Some entries 
are links to the actual code lists.
5. scroll down to the marcgt entry to find this link 
<>MARC genre terms

I mistakenly used marcsmd which is terms used in MARC field 007/01 
(Specific material designation) for the following categories of 
material: electronic resource, globe, kit, map, microform, motion 
picture, nonprojected graphic, notated music, projected graphic, 
remote-sensing image, sound recording, tactile material, text, and 

Thanks for catching that mistake Tom.

>Retired Librarian
>Conroe, Tx 77303
>"It is more than ironic that school districts are willing to spend 
>hundreds of thousands of dollars on reading programs and staff 
>development which have had limited success in boosting test scores, 
>but are unwilling to invest in school library programs that show 
>such direct correlations to student success,"
>       researcher Douglas Achterman wrote in a 2008 study of 
> California school libraries.

>Hi again, Melissa.
>I'm wondering where you got the abbreviation "marcsmd" for the source field?
>I don't see it anywhere on the MARC 21 655 page and as a matter of 
>fact on the page which lists the genre terms "marcgt" is referred to.
>Just wondering.
>Tom Kaun
>Thomas T. Kaun, Teacher Librarian
>Bessie Chin Library @ Redwood High School
>Larkspur, CA 94939
><> | Library Web site: 
>President: Calif. School Library Assoc. - NS
>On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Melissa Davis 
><<>> wrote:
>At 10:40 AM 4/20/2010, RISI, MARY wrote:
>Need the wisdom of the crowd:
>I feel the need to catalog my collection of memoir so that my 8th grade
>students can find memoir either through an OPAC search or by separating
>the memoir from other biography. The entire 8th grade reads memoir in
>Mary Kay Risi
>River Dell Middle School
>River Edge / Oradell, NJ
>201-599-7250 ext. 2290
>Memoir is a legitimate Genre term (see the official list at 
>So you could add a simple field like:
>     655 #7$aMemoir $2marcsmd
>or a more descriptive one like:
>     655 #7$aMemoir $zGermany $y17th century $2marcsmd
>See complete instructions at the Lib of Congress
>Since it is a Subject Access Field your OPAC, not matter what system 
>it is, should return the proper hits on a search of memoir as a subject.
>Retired Librarian
>Conroe, Tx 77303

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