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February 27, 2008

Present from CPSO: P. Weiss, K. Griffiths, R. Goudreau, D. Thompson, W. Robboy



It appears that the item being cataloged could be treated as social psychology and classed in HN460. It would be necessary to establish a Cutter number and caption for Xenophobia in Table HN101/1 under 20.A-Z. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Subject Headings

Amboise, House of

The form [ ... ], House of, is used only for royal houses. Aristocratic or noble families are established in the form [ ... ] family (see the Background statement in the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings, H 1574). Headings for families are established according to the guidelines in H 1631. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Amheida Site (Egypt)

An archaeological site that consists of the ruins of an extinct city is established as the extinct city rather than as an archaeological site, following the provisions of H 715 (see H 1225, sec. 3.) This site appears to consist of the ruins of the extinct city of Trimethis, which should be established The proposal may be resubmitted.

Corn--Virus diseases

There is no precedent for establishing subdivisions for specific categories of diseases for use under individual plants. The subdivision --Diseases and pests is used, and an additional heading is assigned to bring out the specific type of disease. In this instance, the headings Corn--Diseases and pests and Virus diseases of plants would be assigned. This has been a longstanding practice that the meeting did not wish to change. The proposal was therefore not approved.

Floater policies (Insurance); Floating rate notes

These are not inherently legal topics. The subdivision --Law and legislation may be established under these headings if needed. The proposals to add the UF [topic]--Law and legislation to the authority records for these headings were not approved.

Iraq--History--Liberation, 2003

Headings for controversial events should always be expressed in language that does not reflect a particular political viewpoint. The goal of LC subject headings is to use neutral and unbiased language. The proposed heading does not meet that standard of neutrality. In addition, the existing headings Iraq War, 2003- and Iraq--History--2003- appear to adequately cover the topic. The proposal was therefore not approved.

War on Terrorism, 2001-

The scope note under this heading has been revised to make it explicit that the use of the term "war" in the heading is metaphorical rather than literal. As stated in the Summary of Decisions for weekly list 05/29, subdivisions listed in H 1200 may not be used under this heading unless they are explicitly established under it. The Background statement in H 1200 will be revised in the next update to the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings to state explicitly that the instruction sheet does not apply to the heading War on Terrorism, 2001- .

Women, Assyrian

It is not clear in what sense the term "Assyrian" is intended in this proposed heading. If it refers to ancient Assyrians, the heading should be proposed as Women, Assyro-Babylonian, in accordance with sh 85008835. If it refers to women who are modern adherents of the Nestorian Church (see sh 85008832), it should be proposed as Assyrian women, and a scope note should be included.. The proposal may be resubmitted.