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July 21, 2010

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


Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

Subject Headings

Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945

The addition of a UF “Battle of the Bulge, 1944-1945” was proposed for this heading. Subject Headings Manual instruction sheet H 1285, sec. 2 states, “Do not add a 450 field in the form Battle of [. . .].”  The proposal was not approved.

Blanding’s turtle

SHM H 1332 says that for biological names a BT should be given for the next broader level in the taxonomic hierarchy, which should be established when necessary. According to ITIS, Blanding’s turtle is a species in the genus Emydoidea, which has not yet been established. The proposal for Blanding’s turtle may be resubmitted along with a proposal for Emydoidea.

Lex talionis (International law)

The existing heading Lex talionis applies to the legal concept in general, including its application to international law. The heading Lex talionis should be applied to the work being cataloged. The proposal was not approved.

Older athletes

This proposal was made to add UFs “Masters athletes” and “Veteran athletes” to the existing heading Older athletes. It is not clear that the three phrases are synonymous, particularly in light of LCSH’s defining Older people as those past middle age. There appears to be a commonly-accepted definition of masters athletes, and the cataloger may wish to propose a separate heading for that concept. The proposal to add the UFs was not approved.

Reflective practice

This proposal may be resubmitted by the Cooperative Programs Section together with printouts or a list of existing bibliographic records that will need to be changed if it is approved.

Self-perception in women in literature

The existing headings Self-perception in literature and Women in literature should be post-coordinated to bring out the concept in the proposed heading. The proposal was not approved.

Subject headings, French

Since the base heading Subject headings may be subdivided geographically, the meeting doesn’t consider it necessary to also permit geographic subdivisions for the heading qualified by language. Instead, the cataloger should postcoordinate Subject headings—[place] and Subject headings, [language] for works on subject headings in a particular language, in a particular region or country. The proposal to allow for geographic subdivision was not approved.

War—Anthropological aspects

It is not clear what this heading would mean or how it is appropriate to the work being cataloged, which is about survivors of Auschwitz. The proposal was not approved.