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December 15, 2010

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



The work being cataloged can be classified at QA11.2. The proposal was not approved.

Subject Headings

Subdivisions to be added to lists of free-floating subdivisions:

H 1147, Animals

$x Larvae $x Color

$x Sex ratio

Other decisions:


The UFs proposed are covered by the UFs on the subdivision record for –Color. The proposal was not necessary.

Caballero Rojo (Fictitious character)

According to the Subject Headings Manual, H 1790, sec. 4.a., headings for fictitious characters are established and assigned only for characters that have appeared in three or more separate works. This proposal was not approved because the character does not meet that requirement.

Communication of climate change information

LCSH currently includes only one heading similar to this proposal, Communication of technical information. The meeting does not wish to establish similar headings for specific types of information. The application of Communication in climatology, which was approved on this list, is sufficient. The proposal was not approved.


The free-floating subdivision –Fingering, which may be used under headings for individual musical instruments (SHM H 1161), includes the concept of positions. Guitar—Fingering should be applied to the work being cataloged. The two existing headings that employ the subdivision –Positions, Violin—Positions and Violoncello—Instruction and study—Positions, have been cancelled. The proposal was not approved.

Popeye (Fictitious character) in art

Popeye is a cartoon character and is thus intrinsically artistic. The heading Popeye (Fictitious character) should be applied to the work being cataloged. The proposal was not approved.

Samatata (Extinct city)

Reference sources seem to indicate that Samatata was a territorial unit, possibly a state, in Bengal. Banglapedia ( says that Samatata was a jurisdiction approximately 800 kilometers in circumference that was “formed of the trans-Meghna territories of the Comilla-Noakhali plain and the adjacent parts of hilly Tripura (the Atabi-Khanda division of Samatata) in the east and the Channel Islands in the south. The land stretches longitudinally from the hills and haors of the Sylhet border in the north to the Bay of Bengal in the south. Its boundaries are well defined by the lofty hills and mountains of Tripura and Arakan in the east and the Meghna (combined waters of the Padma-Meghna-Brahmaputra) in the west.”  Britannica online states that, “In early times a number of independent principalities flourished in the region – called Bengal – including including Gangaridai, Vanga, Gauda, Pundra, and Samatata, among others.”  From this evidence, it appears that Samatata should be established as a jurisdictional name. The proposal was not approved.