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May 12, 2010

PSD policy specialist responsible for this weekly list: L. Dechman


Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

Subject Headings

Subdivisions to be added to lists of free-floating subdivisions:

H 1180, Plants & crops

$x Effect of soil moisture on (May Subd Geog)

Other decisions:

AKARI (Artificial satellite)

According to the Subject Headings Manual, H 405, artificial satellites are Group 1 headings and should be established in the Name Authority File. The proposal was not approved.

Black church

This concept is covered by the existing heading African American churches  A UF Black church will be added to the existing heading. The proposal was not approved.

Feste (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) ; Fool (Fictitious character : Shakespeare. King Lear)

In accordance with the meeting’s announcement regarding Shakespearean characters (see below), the heading Feste (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) was revised to:  Fool (Fictitious character : Shakespeare). The heading Fool (Fictitious character : Shakespeare. King Lear), therefore, was not necessary.

Icarus (Greek mythology) in art

The subdivision --Art is free-floating under mythological characters, therefore, the proposal was not necessary.

La Comella (Sculpture park : Tarragona, Spain)

It is unclear that this is a named park. The citations on the proposal make it appear as if La Comella is the name of the entire estate, which includes a possibly unnamed sculpture park. More research should be done to determine whether “La Comella” is the name of the estate in general or the sculpture park specifically. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Muldoon, Jack (Fictitious character)

The SACO Manual states “headings for fictitious characters are established only when the character has appeared in three or more different works”. The character Jack Muldoon has appeared in only two works. The proposal was not approved.

Nyanga language (Nord-Kivu, Congo)

The existing heading Nyanga language represents a unique Congo language. There is another language in Congo called Nyanga-il, which is a separate language and may be proposed separately if needed. The proposal to change Nyanga language was not approved.

Torne River Valley (Sweden and Finland)

A heading already exists for this valley (sh 96001270). The proposal was not necessary.

Other announcement:

Shakespearean characters:

William Shakespeare reused character names often in his plays. For example, fools and clowns appear in several plays, including King Lear and Timon of Athens. Separate headings for each of the individual characters may be more appropriate in a locally-created subject list or special thesaurus than in a general list such as LCSH. The meeting has determined that there should be only one heading for each of the character names that appears in Shakespearean dramas; the heading will in effect be "undifferentiated" for that character name.