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March 21, 2016

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: E. Dechman

CLASSIFICATION

B1302.6

Mary Astell was a political philosopher (J) and feminist (HQ).  Most works about her are classed in HQ1595.A-Z as this one should be.  The proposal was not approved.

PG3906.S54

This classification number would be for literary history, not a literary collection. The first subject heading assigned in the bib record indicates that the work is about Sheptyt͡sʹkyĭ in literature, while the second indicates that it is a collection of literature. The cataloger should revise the subject cataloging so that it is consistent with the contents of the work, and then resubmit a proposal to match.

PG3906.S55

This classification number would be for literary history, not a collection of poetry.  The first subject heading assigned in the bib record indicates that the work is about Slipyĭ in literature, while the second and third indicate that it consists of poems. The cataloger should revise the subject cataloging so that it is consistent with the contents of the work, and then resubmit a proposal to match. 

 

SUBJECT HEADINGS

Announcements:

Illegal aliens; Aliens

In response to constituent requests, the Policy and Standards Division has investigated the possibility of cancelling or revising the heading Illegal aliens. PSD also explored the possibility of revising the broader term Aliens. It concluded that the meaning of Aliens is often misunderstood and should be revised to Noncitizens, and that the phrase illegal aliens has become pejorative. The heading Illegal aliens will therefore be cancelled and replaced by two headings, Noncitizens and Unauthorized immigration, which may be assigned together to describe resources about people who illegally reside in a country.

Other headings that include the word aliens or the phrase illegal aliens (e.g., Church work with aliens; Children of illegal aliens) will also be revised. All of the revisions will appear on a Tentative List and be approved no earlier than May 2016; the revision of existing bibliographic records will commence shortly thereafter.

For background on the history and purpose of the headings Aliens and Illegal aliens, the rationale for the revisions to LCSH, and a description of the scope of the project, please see the full announcement on the LC website at //www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/illegal-aliens-decision.pdf.

Other decisions:

Almanacs, Tatar

The meeting was not able to evaluate this proposal because the source citation included only the Tatar title of the work being cataloged.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Asexuality; Asexual people

In scholarly literature, asexuality is considered to be a sexual identity or a sexual orientation.  Also, there is some research that connects asexuality to biological characteristics, so, it could be a biological condition as well.  Sexual orientation refers to a biological preference for one or more genders, while asexuals lack any preference.  Therefore, Sexual orientation may not be the most appropriate BT for asexuality. The cataloger might consider using the BT Sex instead.

The heading should be qualified because asexuality is a condition that exists in plants and animals as well as humans, but in plants and animals, it is about sexual expression (i.e., the absence of physical sexual characteristics), rather than desire as it is in humans.

The cataloger should do research in scholarly publications in psychology or the biosciences that give definitions of the terms and provide citations to that research in the proposals.  Citations to Wikipedia are not appropriate on these proposals.

The proposals may be resubmitted.
                                                             
Authors, Nigerien

The cataloger provided no information in English to support the proposal. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Campo de Montiel Region (Spain)

The information in the 670s indicates that this is a historic comarca.  Historic jurisdictions are established in the name authority file. (See SHM H 405 Group One, under “Jurisdictions, Ancient.”)  A cancellation proposal for this heading may be resubmitted.

GeoMon (Geopark : Wales)

The cataloger should cite something other than Wikipedia to use as justification for this proposal.  Several web sites, including one for the park itself, exist. 

The cataloger should also review the rules for qualifiers on geographic headings in SHM H 810.

Finally, there is no indication that GEOnet was searched as required by SHM H 690 sec. 1.b.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Headwaters Forest Wilderness (Calif.)

The cataloger put a note in the record indicating that it was not possible to associate the wilderness with the forest reserve; therefore, the RT was not appropriate.  Further, the RT violates a basic principle of RTs, which is that if the headings begin with the same word or word stem, they cannot be RTs.  The proposal was not approved.

Native American police chiefs

There is a general see reference at Native American … that says to use headings beginning with the word Indian.  There is also no supporting information for the “police chiefs” portion of the proposed heading.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Potiguara women; Potiguara youth; Youth—Brazil

According to information provided in the proposal, the works are not limited to women or youth, and can be cataloged by assigning Potiguara Indians, Potiguara Indians—Ethnic identity, and headings for sex role and identity.  The proposals were not necessary.

Transgression (Ethics) in literature

The cataloger did not supply any information indicating how the proposal relates to the work being cataloged.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Uterus

The cataloger did not provide information in a 670 to justify the addition of the BT.  The proposal may be resubmitted.