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June 18, 2012

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: J. Young



This proposal is in an A-Z biography list. Classification and Shelflisting Manual (CSM) instruction sheet F 350 sec. 2 states that personal names are not generally printed and do not need to be established. The proposal was not necessary.


This proposal may be resubmitted along with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Parenga (Indic people) for details. F1509.B3 According to the name authority file, Roatán is a populated place; works about it should be classified in F1516.A-Z. The proposal was not approved.

[KBP3522-3522.5] and related proposals

In the law schedules, the law of occupations is classified with the law of professions. Islamic law on professions is classified in the span KBP3515-3521. An including note will be added to KBP3515-3521. The proposal was not approved.


This proposal is for Arab American theater in the 20th century; another proposal for Arab American theater in the 21st century (PN2272.5.A74) also appears on this list. Both were created by the same library, for the same work. Proposals should be made only for the numbers actually used to classify works, and not for all places where the work could be classified. In this case, the work was classified in PN2272.A74. The proposal for PN2270.A74 was not necessary.


This proposal was made to add a table subarrangement to a long-established number in which over 80 works have been classified, and the meeting does not consider it advisable to add a table at this late date. The cataloger indicated in the record that a collective biography number is needed; however, collective biographies may be classified in general numbers (see CSM F 275 for classification and G 320 for shelflisting policies). The proposal was not approved.

Z186.I7 CSM instruction sheet F 350 sec. 2 states that geographic names are not generally printed and do not need to be established. Since this proposal is within an alphabetical list of geographic places and employs the standard cutter for Iran (as shown in CSM G 300), the proposal was not necessary.


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

                        H 1150, Diseases (May Subd Geog)
                                    $x Early detection


Romanization in subject headings for Taiwanese places

Since 1999, the Library of Congress has used pinyin romanization in name and subject headings for places in China, but the Wade-Giles romanization scheme continued to be used for places on Taiwan. This policy was based on the fact that Wade-Giles was preferred in Taiwan itself, and was in accordance with the decision of the U.S. Board of Geographic Names (BGN), which also preferred Wade-Giles.

Pinyin has now become more accepted in Taiwan and in 2010, BGN adopted pinyin. LC has therefore revised its policy, and name and subject headings for places in Taiwan (natural features as well as jurisdictional and quasi-jurisdictional names) should now be established in pinyin romanization. Subject Headings Manual instruction sheet H 690 will be revised to reflect this change in policy. LC staff will examine the existing name and subject headings and update them as necessary.

Other decisions:

23 New Bond Street (London, England)

This heading was used as a descriptive access point in the bibliographic record for the work being cataloged. It was not approved for inclusion in LCSH.

Arkhyz (Russia)

GEOnet indicates that Arkhyz is an area, and not a national park, and also presents the approved name as Urochishche Verkhniy Arkhyz. Subject Headings Manual (SHM) instruction sheet H 690 sec. 3 states that the approved BGN (i.e., GEOnet) form should be favored, and H 760 sec. 1 gives direction on establishing named regions. In addition, the heading chosen for the proposal and several of the UFs conflict with other geographic names in Russia; H 810 provides information on qualification in the case of conflict. A proposal that follows H 690, H 760, and H 810 may be resbumitted.

Audition songs

It is not clear from the proposal that audition songs constitute a generally recognized genre or form. A proposal that cites reference sources indicating that it is a genre may be resubmitted.

Azapa Valley (Chile)

GEOnet indicates that the Quebrada de Azapa is an intermittent stream in the same region as this valley. If the valley is not the “flatlands extending along the course” (SHM H 800) of the Quebrada de Azapa, then the proposal may be resubmitted with supporting evidence. However, if the river is associated with the valley, then a proposal for the river should be resubmitted along with the proposal for the river; the proposal for the valley should be revised to follow the rules in SHM H 800.

Christian drama; Vaishnava drama

The pattern in LCSH is to make UFs [topic]—Drama on dramatic form headings, and the UF refers to the topic being depicted. The meeting has determined that the works to which Christian drama or Vaishnava drama would be applied do not necessarily depict Christianity or Vaishnavism in the same way that, for example, Christmas drama depicts Christmas, or Ghost plays depict ghosts. Instead, a Christian or Vaishnava moral or theme may be either overt or a subtext. The proposal to add the UFs Christianity—Drama; Christianity—Juvenile drama; Vaishnavism—Drama; and Vaishnavism—Juvenile drama, respectively, were not approved.

Cooking, Canadian—Alberta style; Cooking, Canadian—Manitoba style; Cooking, Canadian—New Brunswick style; Cooking, Canadian—Nova Scotia style; Cooking, Canadian—Ontario style; Cooking, Canadian—Prairie style; Cooking, Canadian—Prince Edward Island style; Cooking, Canadian—Saskatchewan style

The cookbooks cited as evidence for these proposals generally employ local ingredients, but use of local ingredients alone does not constitute a style. The cooking needs to be stylistically distinct for these proposals to be approved.
With regard to the proposals for New Brunswick style, Nova Scotia style, and Prince Edward Island style cooking: on Monthly List 05 the meeting approved the heading Cooking, Canadian—Maritime Provinces style. Since New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island comprise the Maritime Provinces, the meeting requests that the cataloger consider assigning Cooking, Canadian—Maritime Provinces style instead of proposing headings for each of these provinces. If a heading for each of the provinces is desired, then the supporting documentation should indicate a clear difference between their cooking styles and Maritime Provinces style of cooking in general.
Any or all of these proposals may be resubmitted with evidence supporting the differences in styles.


The proposed UF is handled on the heading Dipetera. The proposal was not necessary.

Documentary plays and related proposals

The difference between this proposal and the existing heading Historical plays seems to be one of degree. Documentary plays are heavily researched and often dramatize the text of the actual historical documents, interviews, etc. Historical drama may or may not be heavily researched, and doesn’t generally take dialogue directly from documents, although it may. The proposed heading would be applied to individual works, and the meeting believes that the sliding scale that the two headings would represent would make it difficult to determine whether Documentary plays or Historical drama should be assigned. Additional UFs Documentary plays and Verbatim plays will be added to Historical drama. The proposal was not approved.

Epistolary fiction, Portuguese; Suspense fiction, Japanese

The works being cataloged are novels, and according to SHM H 1790 sec. 4, individual works of fiction may not be assigned form headings. If the “Special provisions for increased subject access to fiction,” also in H 1790, are being applied, then an LCSH form heading may be assigned only if Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. (GSAFD) does not include a suitable heading. If an LCSH form heading is being assigned it must be unqualified (i.e., not include an indication of nationality, language, or ethnicity). The proposals were unnecessary.

Ethiopia—History—To 1974

The work being cataloged should be assigned the existing headings Ethiopia—History—1490-1889 and Ethiopia—History—1889-1974, along with headings for slavery, the focus of the work. The proposal was not approved.       


The concept of exterritoriality has no connotation of place, and therefore should not be subdivided geographically. The work being cataloged may be assigned China—Law, postcoordinated with Exterritoriality. The proposal to permit geographic subdivision of Exterritoriality was not approved.

Fort Nelson (Portsmouth, England)

Fort Nelson was an active military installation from its completion in the 1860s until it was abandoned in the 1950s. All military installations active after 1899 should be established in the name authority file (see SHM H 405, Group 1). The proposal was not approved.

France—Economic policy—21st century

The work being cataloged should be assigned the existing heading France—Economic policy—1995- . The proposal was not approved.

Garmian (Iraq)          

Garmian was a kingdom during the Parthian and Sassanid eras. Ancient kingdoms should be established in the name authority file (see SHM H 405). The proposal was not approved.

Gatekeeping (Journalism)

Gatekeeping is not a new concept, but is instead a significant part of an editor’s traditional duties. The work should be assigned the heading Journalism—Editing. The proposal was not approved.

Gays—Violence against—Law and legislation

There is no precedent in LCSH for headings of the type [class of persons]—Violence against—Law and legislation and the meeting does not wish to set one. The work could be assigned some or all of the headings Gays—Violence against; Gays—Legal status, laws, etc.; and Homophobia—Law and legislation. The proposal was not approved.

Trophoblastic tumors

According to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), trophoblastic tumors may be gestational or non-gestational. This proposal to add the BT Gestational trophoblastic disease was not approved.

Grandparents as parents

Grandparents may act as parents without there being a formal custodial agreement. The work should be assigned Grandparents as parents post-coordinated with Custodial parents. The proposal was not approved.

Greater Khingan Range (China); Lesser Khingan Range (China)

GEOnet was not cited and it includes several variant names for each of these ranges. The proposals may be resubmitted with appropriate citations and additional UFs.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (B.C.)

The heading Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada (Richmond, B.C.) was approved on Monthly List 04 (2012). This proposal was not necessary.

Hactivism—Law and legislation

Hacktivism is in the Computer crimes hierarchy, and thus the subdivision –Law and legislation is unnecessary. The proposal was not approved.

Health promotion

There does not appear to be any confusion about the meaning of this established heading, so the proposed scope note was not approved.


The multiple subdivision Hell—Buddhism, [Christianity, etc.] has been established, and permits the heading Hell—Islam. The proposal was not necessary.

Latin America—Social conditions—1830-

SHM H 2055 sec. 5 states that time periods may be established for significant periods when there is sufficient material to warrant it. The proposal does not indicate that 1830 is a significant date in the social conditions of Latin America, nor that there is enough material to warrant the subdivision. Reporting bibliographic file maintenance (BFM) would assist in proving the latter, but no BFM was reported. The proposal may be resubmitted with evidence of a change in the social conditions of Latin America in 1830, and with BFM.

Leĭkhtenbergskiĭ family; Leuchtenberg, Dukes of

SHM H 1631 sec. 3.c states, “If a family name has been changed substantially as the result of emigration, establish headings for both names” and connect them with RTs. The Russian form of name should be established separately from the German form, Lichtenberg (which is a UF in the proposal). According to American Family Names, 2003, Leuchtenberg (also a UF in the proposal) is an Americanized spelling for Lichtenberg; it should also be established separately. The proposals may be resubmitted.

Taube family; Tauber family

According to American Family Names, 2003, Taube and Tauber are variants. One of the names should be chosen as the heading, with the other as a UF. The proposal may be resubmitted.

United States—Armed Forces—Commissariat; United States. Army—Commissariat; United States. Navy—Provisioning

The proposed BT for these headings, Military resale, appears on this list and has been revised to Military resale programs. The relationship between Military resale programs and commissariats or provisioning services is not hierarchical. The proposals were not approved.

Occupations (Islamic law)

Labor laws and legislation includes law on occupations. The work being cataloged should be assigned the heading Labor laws and legislation (Islamic law). The proposal was not approved.

Parenga (Indic people)

In LCSH, the headings for the people and their language generally match. Ethnologue indicates that Parengi is a variant name for the language Parenga; LCSH includes the heading Parengi language. Consideration should be given to changing the existing language heading. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Phounoy (Southeast Asian people)

Ethnologue and Joshua Project both indicate that the commonly-accepted name of this people is Phunoi. Both also give alternate names, which should be UFs, and indicate that the people live in both Laos and Thailand. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Postcyberpunk fiction

The heading Cyberpunk fiction was approved on Monthly List 3 (2012) because it is well documented in literary and general reference sources. That is not the case for the current proposal, which is not supported by Britannica, Webster’s, or a host of print and online literary reference sources. The websites that are cited in the proposal for postcyberpunk fiction seem to indicate that both cyberpunk and postcyberpunk depict societies that are dominated by computer technology; they are distinguished from each other only in their tone (postcyberpunk is more positive than cyberpunk) and by the fact that in postcyberpunk fiction, the society depicted may or may not be dystopian (in cyberpunk fiction, the society is always dystopian). In light of the lack of support in standard reference sources, the meeting does not wish to create separate headings for genres that share significant plot elements but differ primarily in tone. The proposal was not approved.

Sex differences in education

This proposal was made to add a UF Education—Sex differences to the established heading. There is no pattern for such UFs in LCSH. In addition, the meeting notes that since education is a non-gendered concept, it cannot have sex differences. The proposal was not approved.



Sport-specific terms for moving images

Included on this list are proposals to cancel 22 moving image terms that are specific to an individual sport (e.g., Boxing films; Basketball television programs). The rationale behind the decision to cancel these terms may be found on LC’s website at and also in the Summary of Decisions for Monthly List 4 (2012).

Anime (Motion pictures)

Anime is a style of animation, and not a genre or form. A UF Anime (Motion pictures) will be added to the existing term Animated films. The proposal was not approved.