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June 9, 2010

PSD policy specialist responsible for this weekly list: J. Young


Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

Subject Headings

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

H 1147, Animals

$x Functional genomics

Subdivisions to be deleted from lists of free-floating subdivisions:

H 1140, Names of places

$x Military relations $z Foreign countries**

$x Relations $z Foreign countries**

H 1147, Animals

          $x Physiological genomics

Other decisions:

    Ammaia (Marvão, Portugal : Extinct city)

Reference sources indicate that in 1259 A.D. the name of the Roman settlement Ammaia was changed to Portalegre, which still exists today. According to Subject Headings Manual H 715, if the city in question has been continually occupied until modern times, it should be treated as a jurisdiction with a name change. The heading for Portalegre should be assigned. The proposal was not approved.

    Doolittle Raid, 1942

The Doolittle Raid targeted Tokyo, and was the only air bombardment against that city in 1942. LCSH already includes a heading for the 1942 bombardment of Tokyo, and it is undesirable to have two headings for the same event. A UF for the Doolittle Raid will be added to the heading Tokyo (Japan)—History—Bombardment, 1942. The proposal was not approved.

    Environmental change

Within LCSH there are several methods to bring out the concept of environmental change. Catalogers can apply the headings Climatic change, Global warming, and Climate change mitigation, and geographic headings subdivided by –Environmental conditions, to name a few. The meeting decided that given the array of available headings, the addition of Environmental change would confuse, rather than enhance, access. The proposal was not approved.

Private planes

This proposal was made to add UF references for sports planes to the existing heading Private planes. The scope of Private planes encompasses all privately-owned planes, not just those used for sport. The proposal was not approved, and a proposal for a separate heading for sports planes may be resubmitted.

    Mirage III (Jet fighter plane)

This proposal was made to change the general heading Mirage (Fighter planes) into a specific heading for the Mirage III. There are twelve works in LC’s database that have been cataloged using the heading Mirage (Fighter planes), and some of them appear to cover several Mirage models. The proposal is therefore not appropriate for the works already cataloged; there is no one-to-one relationship between the current form of heading and the proposed update. The cataloger may resubmit proposals to establish a separate heading for the Mirage III.

    Sacrifice (Islam)

The concept of sacrifice in specific religions is represented by the multiple Sacrifice—Buddhism, [Christianity, etc.]. The heading Sacrifice—Islam should be applied to works about sacrifice in Islam. The proposal was not necessary.

**Explanation of the cancellation of –Military relations—Foreign countries and –Relations—Foreign countries:

SHM H 1996 currently instructs catalogers to “use the free-floating subdivisions –Relations—Foreign countries and –Military relations—Foreign countries for the general relations or military relations of a region or jurisdiction with three or more regions or jurisdictions.”  The meeting has determined that the addition of the geographic subdivision after –Foreign countries after –Relations and –Military relations is redundant. From this point forward, works on the general or military relations of a region or jurisdiction with three or more other regions or jurisdictions should be assigned headings of the type [region or jurisdiction]—Relations or [region or jurisdiction]—Military relations without further geographic subdivision.

SHM H 1996 and existing bibliographic records will be revised to reflect this change in policy.