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February 17, 2014

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: J. Young



The meeting prefers that this biography of Pierre Boutang be classed in his literary author number, PQ2603.O7875. The proposal was not approved.


Works on the political activity of minorities in a place are typically classed with the history of the place in the D-F schedules. The work should be classed in DA125.A1.  The proposal was not approved.


This proposal is for girls as a theme in Swedish literature, which should be classed in PT9299.A-Z, Special classes, A-Z.  The proposal may be resubmitted.


This proposal is for star-branched polymers as a topic in organic chemistry.  Also on the list was a proposal for branched polymers, QD382.B73.  The meeting feels that a single number for branched polymers is sufficient.  An including note for star-branched polymers will be added to the number for branched polymers.  The proposal was not approved.


This proposal is for oligothiophenes as a special substance in organic chemistry.  Also on the list was a proposal for conjugated oligomers as a special type of polymer in organic chemistry, QD382.C665.  The meeting feels that the proposal for QD383.O47 is too specific for LC classification.  An including note for oligothiophenes will be added to QD382.C665.  The proposal was not approved.



Crimes and law about crimes

In April 2013, PSD announced an upcoming change in subject heading policy for crimes and groups of crimes.  Historically, headings for crimes and groups of crimes (e.g., Murder; Commercial crimes) have been assigned to works on the law related to the crime as well as to works on the sociological, psychological, political, etc., aspects of the crime. Because of this policy, the subdivision –Law and legislation was not valid for use under headings for crimes.

The policy has been changed, and the subdivision –Law and legislation may now be used under headings for crimes and categories of crimes.  Proposals to revise the existing headings and to create new headings in the form [crime or category of crimes]–Law and legislation (e.g., Murder–Law and legislation; Computer crimes–Law and legislation) appear on this list. 

The subdivision –Law and legislation is not free-floating in this context, so each new use must be established editorially (i.e. proposed).

Further information on this project, including the rationale for the change in policy, is available at //

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It appears that there is some dispute over whether acarology is a subdiscipline of arachnology.  This proposal to change the BT to Arachnology was not approved.

Art, Tonga (Nyasa)

There are three distinct ethnic groups called Tonga, and two of them have been established in LCSH.  Tonga (Mozambique people) represents the Tonga of Mozambique and Tonga (Zambezi people) represents the Tonga of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  The third group of Tonga resides in Malawi and is not yet established.  That third ethnic group speaks the language established in LCSH as Tonga language (Nyasa).

The proposal is for the art of a Tongan people, but it incorrectly conflates two groups.  The heading refers to the Tonga of Malawi, while the UF refers to the Tonga of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  There is not enough information in the proposal to indicate which group’s art is discussed in the work being cataloged.  If the art of the Tonga from Malawi is being discussed, a heading for the ethnic group must be proposed, since art headings are qualified by ethnic groups, not languages.

If the work being cataloged discusses the art of two or three groups of Tonga, then two or three headings should be assigned to the work, one for the art of each group.

The proposal may be resubmitted.

Carpenter House (Cle Elum, Wash.); Telephone Museum (Cle Elum, Wash. : Building)

These buildings appear to house corporate bodies of the same names.  In each case, the corporate name heading should be assigned per the background statement in SHM H 1334.  The proposals were not approved.

Community museums

This proposal was made to add the UF Regional museums to the existing heading. The UF does not seem to be equivalent to the heading; regions are generally much larger than a community, and may actually include several communities within their scope.  In addition, the information provided by the cataloger states only that regional museums have “more modest resources of both staff and finance than national and metropolitan museums.”  This information does not indicate that the phrases “community museums” or “regional museums” are used interchangeably.  The proposal was not approved.

Daylami literature; Daylami poetry

Neither of these two proposed headings was assigned in the bibliographic record for the work being cataloged, which was assigned Daylami language—Texts. The proposals were not necessary.

Ecuadorian literature—21st century

This is a free-floating combination according to SHM H 1156.  The proposal was not necessary.

Folk literature, Krimchak

This proposal was submitted without a BT, which should be Krimchak literature. Krimchak literature is not yet established, so a proposal for it should have been submitted along with the folk literature proposal.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Folk poetry, Tahitian

The proposal does not indicate the language(s) of the poetry being discussed.  If it discusses poetry in multiple languages of Tahiti, then the heading Folk poetry—Tahiti—History and criticism should be assigned.

If the language of the poetry is French, then a proposal should have been made for Folk poetry, Tahitian (French).  Its BT should be Tahitian poetry (French), which is already established. 

If the poetry is in the Tahitian language, then the proposal Folk poetry, Tahitian is appropriate, but must be accompanied by two more proposals:  Tahitian poetry and Tahitian literature

If the language of the poetry is in a single language other than French or Tahitian, then proposals for Tahitian literature, Tahitian poetry, and Tahitian folk poetry, all qualified by language, should be made.  The heading Love poetry, Nigerian (English) and its BTs are good patterns to follow.

The proposal may be resubmitted with information about the scope of the work being cataloged and any additional proposals that may be necessary.

Hall Farm Barn (Horkstow, England)

The phrase “Hall Farm barn” appears to be a descriptor or appellation and not a proper name.  The work being cataloged is available online, and when the word barn is used in conjunction with Hall Farm, it is consistently lowercased, as in “the barn at Hall Farm” or “Hall Farm barn.”  The heading Barns—England—Horkstow may assigned, and a proposal for Hall Farm may be resubmitted if desired, in order to post-coordinate headings.  In either case, the place name used in the qualifier must first be established in the name authority file.  The proposal was not approved.

Karadzha (Extinct city); Karadzha Site (Ukraine)

These proposals are based on the same work, which calls Karadzha a “townsite,” according to the citation provided.  Either a proposal for an extinct city heading or a proposal for an archaeological site should be made, not both.  Since the work being cataloged is in Russian and the translation of “townsite” is ambiguous, the meeting requests that the cataloger determine which of the two headings is needed, based on the definition of extinct cities in H 715 and information about archaeological sites in H 1225 sec. 3.  One proposal may be resubmitted.

Kroraina (Kingdom)

Ancient jurisdictions are established as name headings according to H 405.  The proposal was not approved.

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821—Art patronage

This proposal was made to cancel the authority record because –Art patronage free-floats under names of persons. 

Until 1985, there were four separate categories of pattern subdivisions used under personal names: founders of religions; musicians; philosophers; and rulers, statesmen, etc.  Napoleon I was one of the pattern headings for rulers, statesmen, etc., so by policy new subdivisions for that category were established under his name.  In 1985, the categories of personal names were combined into a single free-floating list, the current SHM H 1110. The authority records for [heading]—[subdivision] combinations that are now free-floating were retained because the combinations are still valid.

The proposal was not approved. 

Pul-i Āqʹqalʻah (Gulistān, Iran)  

This proposal for a bridge is qualified by a province of Iran, but should be qualified by one or more cities according to SHM H 1334 sec. 3.e.  There was not enough information in the proposal to indicate whether the bridge is predominately associated with a single city or if it is associated equally with two.  The proposal may be resubmitted.  

Syriac language, Modern

This proposal was made to add a UF, Neo-Chaldean language, to the existing heading. The supporting citation indicates that there is a language called Neo-Chaldean, but does not indicate that it is another name for the Modern Syriac language.  The proposal may be resubmitted with appropriate supporting information.

World Population Awareness Week

This proposal was made to cancel the existing heading.  World Population Awareness Week is similar to many other LC subject headings for special weeks, such as National Parks Week and One World Week, and is a valid heading.  It seems that the proposal was made because there is a name authority record for the same event.  The name record should not have been made and will be deleted.  The proposal was not approved.

World Youth Day

This proposal was made to cancel the existing heading in favor of a name heading. World Youth Day is observed in two ways:  Roman Catholic parishes may observe it within their parish or diocese every year, and every two or three years there is a large international festival for youth.  The parish observances are “special days,” are not corporate in the RDA sense, and are established in LCSH.  The international festival does meet the RDA criteria for a conference and is established in the name authority file as World Youth Day (Assembly).  A scope note will be added to the subject heading to clarify the difference in treatment.  The proposal was not approved.



The initial 800+ terms for the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT) appeared on a special Tentative List (List 1414, dated February 10, 2014) and were approved on February 24, 2014.  As of February 25, 2014 they may be assigned in 382 fields of bibliographic records and authority records for musical works and expressions. Best practices for the use of field 382 are provided in Descriptive Cataloging Manual Z1. 

Proposals for new and revised terms will be accepted from LC catalogers and through the SACO Music Funnel.  As with LCSH and LCGFT, proposals must exhibit literary warrant, i.e., there must be materials to which the term will be assigned before it is proposed.

Going forward, proposals will appear in a separate section at the end of each monthly Tentative List, and decisions about them will be included in the monthly Summary of Decisions.

Additional information on searching and acquiring the authority records, making proposals for new and revised terms, and assigning the terms may be found at //