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December 8, 2010

PSD policy specialist responsible for this weekly list: L. Dechman


Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

Subject Headings


Since the sources cited indicate disagreement as to exactly what the term means, and since it does not appear in standard dictionaries or legal reference sources, the meeting feels that it would be better to assign the existing heading Homicide post-coordinated with the existing heading Women--Crimes against. A UF from Femicide will be added to both of those headings. The proposal was not approved.

           Philosophy--To 1500; Jewish philosophy--16th century; etc.

The Subject Headings Manual, H 1647, sec. 6 will be revised to include not only inverted headings but also uninverted headings of the type [name of religion] philosophy.

New France--History; Canada--History--To 1763 (New France); Mississippi River Valley--History--To 1803

Current practice for works about New France is to assign the existing headings Canada--History--To 1763 (New France) and/or Mississippi River Valley--History--To 1803. This approach has been used successfully for many years, and the meeting does not feel that a change is warranted. The proposals were not approved.

Secret police

The terms "secret police," "secret service," and "intelligence service" have different meanings in different countries and in different political systems. Often the meanings overlap or are very similar. In the U.S., the term "secret service" is usually understood to mean the police agency that protects the president, whereas that term in other countries usually refers to an intelligence gathering agency. The Web definitions acknowledge this confusion and overlap.

LC practice has been to assign a combination of headings, such as Police, Secret service, and/or Intelligence service, depending on what country is being dealt with and what the slant is of the item being cataloged. This practice will continue. To provide entry language in LCSH for the term Secret police, a UF Secret police (Secret service) will be added to the existing heading Secret service, and a UF Secret police (Intelligence service) will be added to the existing heading Intelligence service.

The proposal was not approved.