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April 18, 2016

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: J. Young

CLASSIFICATION

BP134.E98

This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal.  See below under Excellence in the Qur’an for details.

PS169.M37

The work being cataloged is overwhelmingly about the depiction of Mars in twentieth century American fiction, not the depiction of Mars in American literature in general. A proposal in the special topics number PS374.A-Z may be resubmitted.

QA76.9.H48

The meeting prefers to classify works on heterogeneous distributed computing systems with distributed processes in general (QA76.9.D5). The proposal was not approved.

TR729.P48

This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal.  See below under Photography of pets for details.

TX809.C68

This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal.  See below under Cooking (Couscous) for details.
           

SUBJECT HEADINGS

Almanacs, Berber

The proposal should have included information in English in addition to the French title of the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Almanacs, Algerian

The proposal should have included information in English in addition to the French and Berber parallel titles of the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.

 Altaĭ Uriankhaĭ (Mongolian people); Tuvinians

The classification number included in the proposal for the Altaĭ Uriankhaĭ must be proposed for inclusion in the classification schedules before it can be included in the subject authority record. The subject proposal may be resubmitted along with a classification proposal. The revisions requested in the proposal for Tuvinians are dependent on the proposal Altaĭ Uriankhaĭ (Mongolian people) and may also be resubmitted.

Bundespreis “Gute Form”

It appears that this design award has gone through some name changes since it was inaugurated in 1969. Awards are generally entered under their latest names, with UF references from earlier names. The meeting requests that more research be done and the form of heading be reconsidered on the basis of that research. The proposal may be resubmitted.

 City block clubs

The concept of city block clubs is represented in LCSH by the heading Citizens’ associations. Several UFs for city block clubs, block associations, etc., will be added to the existing heading. The proposal was not approved.      

Cooking (Couscous)

The proposal should have included information in English in addition to the Hebrew title of the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.
           
Coverdale (England)

It appears from information cited in the proposal that Coverdale is the valley of the River Cover, which is not established. The proposal for the valley may be resubmitted along with a proposal for the river.

Creative nonfiction, African (English)

Only the title of the work being cataloged, “Safe house, explorations in creative nonfiction,” was provided in support of this proposal. The proposal should include information from the work that supports the entire heading, including the provenance and the language of the creative nonfiction (Africa and English, respectively). The proposal may be resubmitted.

Dadaist literature, Romanian (French); Romanian literature (French)

Headings for national literatures qualified by language are generally established for the language(s) of the colonial power that used to control the territory (e.g., Gabonese literature (French) and for the major literatures of countries with diverse linguistic traditions (e.g., Swiss literature (French); Swiss literature (German)).  Romanian literature does not fit either category, since it was never a colony of France or other French-speaking country and the Romanian language is spoken by over 85 percent of the residents of Romania. 

According to SHM H 1156 section 2, Author Group Subdivisions, “for external author groups, that is, those living outside the country normally associated with the literature to which they are contributing, use simple geographic subdivision.” The work being cataloged should be cataloged with the heading Dadaist literature, French—Romania. The proposals were not approved.

Excellence in the Qur’an

The proposal should have included information in English in addition to the Arabic title of the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Extremities (Anatomy) in art; Artificial limbs in art

Only the title of the work being cataloged, “Minoo Emami collection of art,” was provided in support of these proposals. The proposals should include information from the work that supports the concepts represented by the proposed headings. The proposals may be resubmitted.

Fluid migration [and six related proposals]

The proposal to revise the heading Fluids—Migration to the phrase Fluid migration provided no evidence of the use of the phrase. The seven proposals may be resubmitted.   

Holocaust deniers

A proposal for this heading originally appeared on Tentative List 9 (2015). The Summary of Decisions for that list stated,

The proposal cited only a single work being cataloged, which is about Holocaust denialism, and the methodology of the denial arguments. It does seem to discuss some deniers, but in order to talk about their beliefs, not about them as persons. The work is therefore not about Holocaust deniers as a class of persons. It would be analogous to assigning Historians to a work about historical methodology that includes case studies of the methodology of particular historians. The work should be cataloged with the heading Holocaust denial. The proposal was not necessary.

 The proposal on the current list provides evidence that the phrase Holocaust deniers is in use, but two of the works being cataloged are about court trials, to which a class of persons heading is not normally assigned. The other is a 20-year-old book arguing that a well-known linguist and philosopher was a Holocaust denier. It has been adequately cataloged by assigning the name heading for the linguist along with Holocaust denial. The proposal was not necessary.

Immigrants’ writings, French

The only support provided for this proposal is the title of the work being cataloged, “The migrant text,” which is not sufficient. The proposal should include information from the work that supports the heading being proposed. The proposal may be resubmitted.
           
Intersexuality—Law and legislation

The subdivision –Law and legislation free-floats under “headings for individual or types of diseases and other medical conditions, including abnormalities, functional disorders, mental disorders, manifestations of disease, and wounds and injuries” (SHM H 1150). The proposal was not necessary.

Love poetry, Tamashek

The only support provided for this proposal is “AHAL, 1997,” which is not sufficient. The proposal should include information from the work that supports the heading being proposed. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Mataco women

The proposal should have included information in English in addition to the Spanish title of the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Motion picture plays, Hindi

The work being cataloged is a screenplay of a film, to which form headings are not assigned. The proposal was not necessary.

Nat͡sionalʹnai͡a literaturnai͡a premii͡a "Pisatelʹ goda" "Debi͡ut"

This proposal was submitted along with a proposal for Nat͡sionalʹnai͡a literaturnai͡a premii͡a "Pisatelʹ goda" .  The Russian Union of Writers awards prizes in several categories, including debut novels, romances, humor, and so forth. The award is therefore similar to the Nobel or Pulitzer prizes, and in LCSH a single heading is provided for each (Nobel Prizes and Pulitzer Prizes, respectively). Works about specific categories of the Pisatelʹ goda should be assigned the general heading Nat͡sionalʹnye literaturnye premii "Pisatelʹ goda," which was approved on this list. The proposal for Nat͡sionalʹnai͡a literaturnai͡a premii͡a "Pisatelʹ goda" "Debi͡ut" was not approved. 

Operation Something Bruin, 2009-2013

This operation to combat poaching in Georgia and North Carolina can be sufficiently cataloged with the headings Poaching—Georgia—Prevention and Poaching—North Carolina—Prevention. The proposal was not approved.

Pedregulho (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Pedregulho appears to be a housing development composed of multiple buildings. It thus falls into the category of housing projects, which are established in the name authority file (see SHM H 405 Group 1). The proposal was not approved.

Photography of pets

The only support provided for this proposal is “Hawaiʻi's pets, 2011,” which is not sufficient. The proposal should include information from the work that supports the heading being proposed. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Prisoners’ writings, Hindi

Information supporting the proposal that was taken from the work being cataloged was provided in a 952 field (Cataloger’s note) instead of in the 670 citation for the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Rearmament; and three related proposals

In LCSH, the concept of rearmament has been covered by the free-floating subdivision –Defenses used after names of countries, etc. (e.g., Germany—Defenses), and a general see reference is provided to that effect.

Rearmament has several definitions and nuances, as indicated by the information provided with the proposal. It means rearming from nothing or virtually nothing, as was the case of Germany and Japan after their militaries were dismantled under the terms of the peace treaty ending World War II. It means increasing the country’s defenses after military readiness was degraded to some extent due to budget cuts, etc. Rearmament also refers to the provision of new weaponry to replace weaponry that has become outdated.

In the 1940s through the 1980s, scholars of military, diplomatic, and political sciences published numerous studies about rearmament, but very little new scholarship seems to be published today. In fact, the work prompting this proposal is a reprint of a book originally published in 1940 that was adequately cataloged using the headings Great Britain—Politics and government—1910-1936, Great Britain—Politics and government—1936-1945, and Disarmament.

Because the word rearmament has so many meanings, all of them related to the ability of a military to defend a nation; and because it is an old topic, the works on which have been adequately cataloged for decades by using a combination of headings such as [place]—Politics and government; [place]—Military policy; [place]—Defenses, and Disarmament, the proposal was not approved.

Renishaw Hall (Renishaw, England)

The heading Renishaw Hall (Renishaw, England) (LCCN sh2008001912) was approved in 2008. The proposal was not necessary.

Romance fiction, Kurdish

This proposal included only the Kurdish and English parallel titles of the work being cataloged, which indicate that the work is about literature, not romance fiction. Information showing that the work is in fact about romance fiction should have been included. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Samba schools

A proposal for Samba schools appeared on Tentative List 9 (2013). The Summary of Decisions for that list stated, “Typically, schools that teach a particular style of dance have headings such as [style of dance]--Study and teaching postcoordinated with the heading Dance schools. The meeting prefers to continue this practice.  The proposal was not approved.

Headings for schools devoted to a particular topic are established at a broad level (e.g., Art schools; Business schools), and an additional heading is assigned to bring out the specific focus of a school, if any. For example, an art school that emphasizes painting would be assigned Art schools and Painting. The meeting does not wish to revise this long-standing practice.

The current proposal alludes to the fact that samba schools are Brazilian community organizations in addition to dance schools. The headings Dance schools, Samba (Dance)—Study and teaching, and Community centers may be assigned to works about Brazilian samba schools. The proposal was not approved.

Short stories, Fula

The proposal provided information from the work being cataloged, but that information indicates only that it is about a Fula writing workshop. The “short stories” portion of the proposal was not supported. The proposal may be resubmitted with additional information.

Sukhorukov family

In addition to the Russian title of the work being cataloged, the proposal should have indicated in English the ethnicity or nationality of the name and the location of the family. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Villains

This proposal originally appeared on Tentative List 1 (2016), the Summary of Decisions for which stated,

The only supporting information provided is the title, which translates to “Heroes and villains.”  LCSH contains several headings for Villains in [art, literature, etc.] but this proposal could be simply cataloging by title.  Evidence should be provided that the work is about persons who practice villainy in general.  If the heading is really needed, the cataloger should consider what the relationship between Villains and the existing headings Brigands and robbers; Thieves; Rogues and vagabonds, etc., should be.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

The proposal now includes information from the work being cataloged that indicates that several rulers are discussed, including Fidel Castro, Benito Mussolini, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Saddam Hussein. The labeling of some or all of these persons as “villains” is wholly subjective. Works of this nature have been assigned headings appropriate to the classes of persons or ethnic groups to which the persons being discussed belong. The current work being cataloged may be assigned Kings and rulers—Biography and Heads of state—Biography The proposal was not approved.

Vilmorin family

In addition to the French title of the work being cataloged, the proposal should have indicated in English the ethnicity or nationality of the name and the location of the family. The meeting also notes that UFs including foreign-language words for “family” are not included in LCSH. The proposal may be resubmitted.

GENRE/FORM TERMS

Detective and mystery fiction

As indicated in the announcement available at //www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/genreliterature.html, the Policy and Standards Division is not yet accepting proposals for literature genre/form terms. The proposal was withdrawn from consideration and deleted.

           
DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP TERMS

General note on the Summary of Decisions for the demographic group terms

This was the first Tentative List on which a significant number of proposals for demographic group terms appeared. In order to clarify policies on the structure of LCDGT, this Summary of Decisions includes meeting notes that would not generally be included in a Summary. 

Anthropology teachers; Economics teachers; Film teachers; Philosophy teachers; Psychology teachers

Demographic Group Terms Manual instruction sheet L 473 sec. 3 states, “In terms based on another authorized term, do not make UF references that repeat alternative spellings or variants that are already covered by a UF reference in the basic term.”  Each of the above-listed proposals included a UF reference from [subject] instructors (e.g., Anthropology instructors), despite the fact that Instructors is a UF on Teachers, the BT for each of these terms. Further, since anthropology, economics, etc., are taught at multiple educational levels, including a UF for [topic] professors (e.g., Anthropology professors) is inappropriate. The term for teachers of a specific discipline can be post-coordinated with the term University and college faculty members, which was approved on this list. The proposals were approved with revisions.

North Koreans; South Koreans; South Vietnamese

The meeting confirmed that the principle behind the LCSH practice regarding jurisdictional splits should be employed in LCDGT. That is, if a jurisdiction is split into two or more jurisdictions, separate terms for each of the affected jurisdictions should be permitted.  For example, the demonym Koreans was approved during Phase 1 of the pilot. It refers to residents of the Korean Peninsula in general, and to residents of country of Korea before it was partitioned in 1948. The terms North Koreans and South Koreans were approved on this list, and refer to residents of North and South Korea, respectively.

Following the same principle, the term Vietnamese, which was approved during Phase 2 of the pilot, refers to residents of Vietnam. South Vietnamese, approved on this list, refers to residents of the Republic of Vietnam, which existed from 1954-1975.

In accordance with this decision, the meeting added the term Irish to this list and approved it. It refers to residents of the Island of Ireland in general and to the pre-partition period in specific. The terms Irish (Republic of Ireland) and Northern Irish were approved during Phase 2 of the pilot.

Cape Codders

Demographic Group Terms Manual instruction sheet L 540 indicates that demonyms for people from particular continents, supra-national regions, countries, sub-national regions, and first-level administrative subdivisions of countries are in scope for LCDGT. Cape Codders are residents of an island in Massachusetts, and the term is therefore out of scope. The proposal was withdrawn and deleted.

Nichiren priests

Demographic Group Terms Manual instruction sheet L 545 sec. 2.e indicates that terms for occupational groups should not also be assigned to the religion category. By implication, terms for a religion and an occupation should not be coordinated into a single term. The work being cataloged should be assigned the terms Nichiren Buddhists and Priests. The proposal was not approved.

Pacific Northwesterners; Ulstermen

The geographic area to which each of these demonyms applies crosses an international boundary. The meeting believes that access will be enhanced by providing BTs for the countries in which they lie instead of to the continent.  The BTs for Pacific Northwesterners are therefore Americans and Canadians, not North Americans. Likewise, the BT for Ulstermen is Irish, not Europeans.        

Reform Jews

The announcement for Phase 3 of the LCDGT pilot indicated that proposals will be accepted for new cataloging only (//www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcdgt-acceptance-manual.html). This proposal included citations to several older works that were cataloged some time ago. The proposal was withdrawn and deleted.

Veterinarians

The announcement for Phase 3 of the LCDGT pilot indicated that proposals will be accepted for new cataloging only. The proposal to add several UFs to the existing term Veterinarians did not indicate that there was a work being cataloged. The proposal was withdrawn and deleted.

Writers

The announcement for Phase 3 of the LCDGT pilot indicated that proposals will be accepted for new cataloging only. This proposal did not indicate that there was a work being cataloged. The proposal was withdrawn and deleted.