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May 11, 2011

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



Battles that are part of wars are classified with the war. The 1810 Battle of Grand Port was part of the Napoleonic Wars; several reference sources indicate that it was part of the War of the Fifth Coalition, works on which are classified in the span DC234.234.92. The classification number DC234.92 has been added to the schedule. The proposal was not approved.


The microelectronics industry is included in the span for the electronic industries in HD9696. It seems advisable to treat microelectronics industry employees the same way. An including note has been added to HD8039.E37-.E38. The proposal was not approved.


The Universidad Popular Mexicana was not an institution of higher education, but an organization in which unpaid instructors presented educational lectures to Mexican workers. The work being cataloged may be classified in LC5255, adult education in Latin America. The proposal was not approved.

[PR6305-5305.1] and related proposals

These proposals were made to document a longstanding shelflisting convention of using date-letters to subarrange the works of certain literary authors. When a date-letter is used no further subarrangement should be applied (e.g. PR5305.E13, The poetical works of Walter Scott, Esq., 1813). Date-letters should not be proposed for authors being added to the schedules for the first time, but will be added to the schedules for existing authors as their use is encountered in the LC shelflist.

Subject Headings

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

H 1180, Plants & Crops
$x Seeds $x Production (Biology)

Other decisions:

Film series (LCSH)

Film franchises do not appear to be analogous to Film series. The former seems to rely heavily on marketing, including merchandising; the latter may be equivalent to a monographic series in some cases. In the Moving Image Genre-Form Guide a series is defined as “A planned group of works of set length and subject matter, each related to the other, such as an educational series.”  The proposal to add UFs were not approved.

Film series (LCGFT)

This proposal was made to add UFs for film franchises to the existing record. However, after further examination the meeting has determined that the heading Film series is neither a genre nor a form, and should therefore not be included in LCGFT. Individual films that appear to be part of series may be assigned other subject headings and genre/form terms appropriate to the content, genre, and/or form of the film. The proposal was not approved, and the existing term has been cancelled.

Indian children’s art; Indian youths’ art 

There is no precedent in LCSH for qualifying the art of individual age groups by ethnicity. The work may be cataloged by post-coordinating headings such as Indian art and Children’s art. The proposals were not approved.

Insect wings; Insect wings—Aerodynamics; Insect wings—Structural dynamics

There does not appear to be precedent for separately establishing individual anatomical features for particular animals unless the feature exists on only one type of animal (e.g., Tarsus (Arthropod anatomy)). Works on individual anatomical features of particular animals may be cataloged by post-coordinating the heading for the feature with a heading in the form [animal]—Anatomy, e.g., Wings (Anatomy) and Insects—Anatomy. The proposals were not approved.

Multi-level governance

Multi-level governance means that non-hierarchical levels of government operate in separate but overlapping spheres. As such, it is distinct from the federal system of government, which is hierarchical, but some of the bibliographic records submitted for revision seem to be about federal systems. Additionally, multi-level governance may be closely related to existing headings such as Decentralization in government; Supranationalism; and Regionalism (International organization). The cataloger should propose a scope note defining Multi-level governance and consider whether it should be contrasted with other existing headings, per SHM H 400; consider whether the reference structure of any existing headings should be adjusted to add BTs or RTs; and reconsider the bibliographic records sent for revision. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Pahari (Nepalese people)

It appears that there may be several different but possibly related ethnic groups called Pahari in South Asia. Research should be done to determine whether a more specific heading should be proposed and citations from recognized reference sources should be provided to support the form of heading chosen. LCSH should also be examined to find already-established subgroups that should be NTs of the proposed heading. The proposal may be resubmitted along with related update proposals as necessary.

Robins Island (N.Y.)

The proposal indicated that GNIS provides only one variant name for Robins Island, but it lists four. The proposal may be resubmitted with a full GNIS citation and all of the applicable UFs.

Tragedy (Philosophy)

The existing heading Tragic, The has been used for works on the philosophical aspects of tragedy, and the meeting wishes to continue this practice. The proposal was not approved.

Other announcements:

Virtual reality

Within the past several months there have been two proposals submitted for entities or characters that exist in virtual reality. The first, Paulovia (Imaginary place), appeared in Tentative Weekly List 13 of 2011; Moshi Monsters (Fictitious characters) appears on the current list. The meeting has determined that headings for the denizens of virtual worlds, or the virtual worlds themselves (e.g., Paulovia) should be qualified by Virtual reality (e.g., Paulovia (Virtual reality); Moshi Monsters (Virtual reality)). The BT on all such headings will be Virtual reality, thereby collocating them. Headings for specific types or classes of virtual characters or entities (e.g., Virtual pets) may be proposed for general works about them as needed for new cataloging. Existing headings will be reviewed for conformance to this policy.