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May 18, 2018

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: L. Dechman

CLASSIFICATION

BL2224.25.C45

This classification proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Chigomai for details.

BQ9519.W65-.W659

Biographies of Wŏlchu have already been classed in PQ996, and the meeting prefers to follow the precedent. The proposal was not approved.

BR115.S78

The work does not appear to be about Christian views on suffering. The second heading assigned, Theism, is much broader than the content. The work is about Christian views/aspects on social marginality and authoritarianism. A proposal for either social marginality or authoritarianism in BR115.A-Z may be resubmitted.

E664.T47

Biographies of Terrell are already classed in F391+. Also, this is an e.g., list for personal biographies. For both of these reasons the proposal was not necessary. 

PA8275.B53

The work being cataloged appears to be a compilation of the fables of at least two authors, and as such it should class in PA8145. The proposal was not necessary.

PK6549.S555

Judging by LC’s cataloging, the author of these letters appears to be a historian of Central Asia, and in particular the Timurids, and not a literary author. Writing letters does not turn a historian into a literary author. This work should class in DS329.8.A-Z, biography of historians who study Central Asia. The proposal was not approved.

PN1995.9.M24

The work being cataloged would be better cataloged with the heading Motion pictures—Psychological aspects and classed in PN1995. It is not about magic as depicted in motion pictures. The proposal was not necessary.

G3494.L37

The town of Lashburn, Saskatchewan is already established in the classification schedule at G3494.L3. The proposal was not necessary.

 

SUBJECT HEADINGS

Afghan letters

Only the Persian title of the work being cataloged was provided in support of this proposal. The proposal provided no information in English with which the meeting could evaluate the proposal. In addition, this heading would mean letters from Afghanistan in multiple languages. If the work consists of letters in one language of Afghanistan, then a heading in the form [language] letters (e.g., Persian letters) should be used, and proposed if necessary. The proposal may be resubmitted. 

Anonymous writings, Spanish

The proposal lacks English explanation of the relationship between the work being cataloged and the proposed heading. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Arab-Israeli conflict—Art and the conflict

According to the scope note under the heading Arab-Israeli conflict, the heading is authorized to be further subdivided by subdivisions used under wars. The proposal was not necessary.

Cell culture—Religious aspects; Cell culture—Religious aspects—Buddhism, [Christianity, etc.]

The information provided in the proposals is insufficient to support the subdivisions being proposed. The proposals may be resubmitted.

Tissue culture—Religious aspects; Tissue culture—Religious aspects—Buddhism, [Christianity, etc.]

The information provided in the proposals is insufficient to support the subdivisions being proposed. The proposals may be resubmitted.

Chigomai

The proposal did not contain information that supports the choice of the broader term Shinto—Rituals. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Enemies—Qu’ranic teaching

There was no English provided, but based on the bibliographic description, the subject heading Enemies—Religious aspects—Islam—Qurʼanic teaching should be assigned instead. The proposal was not necessary.

Ernest Flagg House (Staten Island, New York, N.Y.)

According to H 1334, when two or more structures have the same name in the same city, the street name is used to disambiguate, not the borough. The proposal may be resubmitted along with a proposal for the street.

Erotic stories, Kurdish

Explaining the etymology of the word in the Kurdish title does not support the fact that this work consists of Kurdish erotic stories. It could as easily be about sexual harassment. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Erste Campus (Vienna, Austria)

This is the office building of the Erste Group. The name of the structure has the same name as the name of the corporate body that occupies it. The name of the corporate body should be used, per H 1334. The proposal was not approved.

Female assassins

The UF being added, Women assassins, seems as if it would be an obvious beneficial addition. However, it would be better if the cataloger provided evidence of usage in a 670 note rather than, or in addition to, a cataloger’s comment. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Golden Bay (N.Z. : Region)

A free-floating region heading (H 760), should be constructed based on the existing heading Golden Bay/Mohua (N.Z.). The proposal was not approved.

Lins Cavalcanti de Albuquerque family

Although the final part of this compound name seems to indicate that the family Cavalcanti was from Albuquerque, it is not sufficient information to identify the origin or place of residence of the current family. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Longling Earthquakes, China, 1976

The cataloger didn’t provide any evidence that Longling Earthquakes is a conventional name, per H 1560 sec. 4. It appears to be a general appellation. If evidence of a conventional name cannot be found in the prescribed sources, then the heading Earthquakes with geographic subdivision should be assigned. The proposal may be resubmitted. 

Messy Church

Messy Church appears to be an outreach project of the organization BRF (https://www.brf.org.uk/church-outreach-local-community ) . Projects are considered 110 corporate bodies and as such they should be established in the NAF. The proposal was not approved.

Mobile apps—Law and legislation

The proposal contained no information that demonstrates the need for the subdivision. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Moore-McMillen House (New York, N.Y.)

According to H 1334, when two or more structures have the same name in the same city, the street name is used to disambiguate, not the borough. The proposal may be resubmitted along with a proposal for the street.

Parsonage (Staten Island, New York, N.Y.)

According to H 1334, when two or more structures have the same name in the same city, the street name is used to disambiguate, not the borough. The proposal may be resubmitted along with a proposal for the street.

Spain—Social conditions—1975-2008; Spain—Social conditions—2008-

There is no citation to a work being cataloged. The first citation covers the period until 1975; the second citation was to a work published in 1990, and the latest date given in subfield $b is 1985. None of those sources could support the closing date of 2008, when they do not cover anything after 1985. The third citation would support closing Spain—Economic conditions—1975- at 2008 and opening a new span, which has already been done.

An economic or political change does not necessarily affect “social problems, stability, change, interaction, adjustment, structure, social institutions” (the social conditions, per H 2055) in a place. If the cataloger chooses to proceed with this revision, then current sources that show a major shift in the social conditions of Spain in 2008 must be cited. The proposals may be resubmitted.

Wall of Honor (Legislación del Estado de Sinaloa, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico)

The book is not about the wall of honor itself; it is a collective biography of the people whose names appear on the wall. The heading Sinaloa (Mexico : State)—Biography should be assigned instead. The proposal was not necessary.

War heroes

War heroes are veterans, and books about them have been cataloged with the headings Veterans; Soldiers; [individual war]—Veterans; and the heading Heroes, sometimes along with headings for the awards they receive (e.g., Medal of Honor). The comic book being cataloged can be adequately described using these existing headings. The scope note on Heroes says, “real people who are admired for their achievements, courage, or noble qualities.” The meeting feels that assigning the heading Heroes is sufficient instead of creating headings for heroes in particular circumstances. The proposal was not approved.

Xena, Warrior Princess (Fictitious character)

This subject heading cannot be cancelled until a name authority for Xena has been established in the NAF. The proposal may be resubmitted.

 

GENRE/FORM TERMS

Sacred work commentaries

The Summary of Decisions for List 1706 said, “the meeting is willing to entertain proposals for individual high-level terms representing commentaries and criticism in particular disciplines, when such usage is clearly supported by reference sources.” First, sacred works is not a discipline. Second, there was no evidence provided that this very awkward phrase is in use. The proposal was not approved.

Screenplay adaptations

LCGFT has a prohibition on the introduction of compound terms. The proposed term can be covered by post-coordinating two existing genre-form terms, Screenplays and Adaptations. The proposal was not approved.

The meeting identified several other “adaptations” terms that also violate the restriction. Those terms will be cancelled on an upcoming list.

Underwater fiction

This is fiction that takes place under water, and, it cites 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as its primary justification. Also cited is Wikipedia’s definition, “Works of fiction set underwater or thematically about underwater topics,” therefore defining the term two ways; and a book called Science Fact and Science Fiction, which says that “science fiction stories occasionally draw analogies between submarines and spaceships.” The proposed BTs were Action and adventure fiction and Science fiction, but one of the other sources cited refers to WWII novels that take place on submarines. Those would probably be War fiction, not Action and adventure fiction or Science fiction.

The meeting did not find that the proposal adequately showed that the works referred to as underwater fiction “share known conventions” or that they “combine elements such as plot and setting, character types,” in the words of the definition of genre/form in the LCGFT introduction. The proposal was not approved.