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June 30, 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 1156, Literatures

$x Bedouin authors

Other decisions:

File systems (Computer science)

The concepts of file systems and file organization are so closely related that it does not seem desirable to have two separate headings. A UF File systems (Computer science) has been added to the existing heading File organization (Computer science). The proposal was not approved.

Ireland, Mid-East; Ireland, Mid-West; and related proposals

These proposals originally appeared on Weekly List 18 of 2008, and the Summary of Decisions for that week read in part, “The terminology used in these proposals to establish headings for the regions of Ireland appears to be based on region names that have been officially adopted by an office of the European Union for administrative and statistical purposes.… If … more general headings are needed for the geographic regions of Ireland, as described in the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings, H 760, sec. 1.e.(6), … the qualifiers should be more generic adjectives such as Southwestern, Southeastern, etc., and should reflect the consensus of terminology that is used in general geographic sources. The proposed headings should be reformulated according to these principles and may be resubmitted.”

The proposals that appear on the current Weekly List are identical to the proposals submitted in 2008, with the exception of an additional source citation to each. That source is the Irish Regions Office web site, which indicates that these Regional Authorities were established by the 1991 Local Government Act. The Regional Authorities are therefore jurisdictional in nature and should be established under descriptive cataloging rules. The proposals were not approved.

National Heritage List places (Australia)

While LCSH includes many headings for individual sites of historic significance, it does not generally include collective headings for places protected by particular organizations (e.g., National Trust, Preservation Trust) or on particular lists (e.g., National Register of Historic Places). Instead, the list or organization is established under descriptive cataloging rules and postcoordinated with appropriate subject headings, such as Historic sites, National parks and reserves, etc. The proposal was not approved.

Tin Tack the Tamer (Fictitious character)

Names of individual fictitious characters may be proposed for inclusion in LCSH when they have appeared in three separate works, or when the work cataloged is a work of history or criticism about the character (see the SACO Manual, section “When to make a SACO proposal” and Subject Headings Manual H 1790 and H 1610). Since Tin Tack the Tamer seems to have appeared in only one serial and the work being cataloged is that serial, neither criterion seems to apply. The proposal was not approved.

Tunisia, Southern

According to SHM H 760, sec. 1.d(6), regions with directional qualifiers may be proposed only if the region in question is well-defined and generally recognized by that name in English-language reference sources. The proposal indicated that Southern Tunisia was not found in the Columbia Gazetteer of the World or in BGN, and provided no citations for reference sources in which the phrase was found. If appropriate justification for the proposal can be found, it may be resubmitted. Otherwise, the heading Tunisia may be applied to the work being cataloged.