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April 15, 2019

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: J. Young

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENT
           
Eswatini

This list includes subject heading and classification number revisions that were made to reflect Swaziland’s new name, Eswatini. Revisions that do not affect the headings and class numbers themselves will be completed offlist.

CLASSIFICATION

F1234.5

Classification numbers specific to motion pictures about a war, revolution, etc., exist only when the conflict has a developed hierarchy. The Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 has only one classification number, F1234, which should be assigned to the work being cataloged. The proposal was not approved.

HD30.28

There were two classification proposals submitted for the same work.  Only the class number assigned to the work should be proposed. This proposal was not necessary.

HF5549.5.E422

Works about employee fatigue are classified in HD4904.5. The proposal was not necessary.

PA5230.A84

The class number proposed was for works about Athens, Greece, as a theme in modern Greek literature. However, the number assigned in the bibliographic record for the work being cataloged is PA5279.A8, indicating that the work is a collection of modern Greek literature from Athens. In addition, the first subject heading assigned is Athens (Greece)—Description and travel, which should be classified with the history of Greece in DF918-919. The class proposal, the subject headings, and the class number assigned to the work should be revised for consistency.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

PQ1993.L85

Louis Lécluse appears to have been an actor, theater owner, and dentist, and not a literary author. The work should be classified in PN2638.A-Z. The proposal was not necessary.

QA353.Q83

The correct class number for the work being cataloged, QA341, was assigned in the bib record. The proposal was not approved.

QP108.5.R44

Regional cerebral blood flow is so closely related to cerebral circulation that the meeting prefers not to establish a separate number for the former. Instead, an including note for regional cerebral blood flow was added to QP108.5.C4, the number for cerebral circulation. The proposal was not approved.

TP1151.R47

This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Resin transfer molding for details.

SUBJECT HEADINGS

Announcement

Multiple subdivisions

In November 2018, PSD announced plans to cancel “multiple” subdivisions from LCSH. Individual authority records will be created for each valid, complete, heading string that was created based on a multiple subdivision and used in OCLC. Creation of new authority records and cancellation of the authority records for individual multiple subdivisions has begun.

Effective immediately, the continued existence of a multiple subdivision for a particular topic cannot be assumed. It is therefore imperative that LCSH be searched at all times, in order to determine whether the multiple has been cancelled. Catalogers may remember the multiples Birth control—Religious aspects—Buddhism, [Christianity, etc.] and Birth control— Religious aspects—Baptists, [Catholic Church, etc.], for example, but those multiples have been cancelled. If the multiple has been cancelled and the heading needed for a resource is not specifically authorized, it must be proposed.

The full announcement may be found on LC’s website at //www.loc.gov/aba/cataloging/subject/Launch-Multiples-project-announcement.pdf.
           

Other decisions:

Akademicheskai͡a premii͡a mitropolita Makarii͡a

The geographic place in which a prize is awarded cannot be assumed from the language of the prize nor the nationality of the person for whom the award was named.  Information in English should be provided to support the BT proposed, Awards—Russia (Federation).  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Almanacs, Haitian

Only the foreign-language title of the work being cataloged was provided to support this proposal. The proposal may be resubmitted with information in English that explains the relationship of the work to the heading being proposed.

Amrein family

According to American Family Names, Amrein, Amrhein, and Amrine are all variant spellings of the same name.  UF references were added to the existing heading Amrine family. The proposal was not approved.

Arroio Moreira Fazenda (Brazil)

Only the Portuguese-language title of the work being cataloged was provided to support this proposal. The proposal should contain information in English that supports the geographic qualifier and BT. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Bad River (Wis.)

According to SHM H 180, headings are assigned only for topics that comprise at least 20 percent of the work. The Bad River is the subject of only one of the nine chapters in the work being cataloged. The proposal was not necessary.

Barn quilts

The proposal included citations to four works that have the phrase “barn quilts” in the title. It did not include describe or define what is meant by a barn quilt, as is required by SHM H 202.  Furthermore, the proposed scope note should be based on definitions in the citations and should appear in the 680 field, not in a 952 (cataloger’s comments) field. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Buses in art

Only the Hebrew-language title of the work being cataloged was provided to support this proposal. The proposal may be resubmitted with information in English that explains the relationship of the work to the heading being proposed.

Children of political prisoners

The only English-language information provided in the citations was a translation of the title of the work being cataloged, “Children of victims of political repressions speak out.”  Victims of political repression are not always imprisoned, so children of the victims of political repression are not always children of political prisoners. Information from the work being cataloged that supports the proposal should be provided. The meeting also requests that the proposed BT be revised to conform to the instructions in SHM H 370 sec. 1.e(3)(a). The proposal may be resubmitted.

COINTELPRO

SHM H 405 states that programs and projects are established in the name authority file. The proposal was not approved.

Cruden Farm (Langwarrin,Vic.)

Geographic names must be established before they can be used in qualifiers, but Langwarrin is not yet established in the name authority file.  In addition, it appears that the proposal has been made according to the guidelines in SHM H 1572, Dwellings with Extensive Grounds, but the tag is incorrect. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Diglossia (Linguistics) in literature

The heading proposed would be used for works about belles lettres in which two forms of the same language are used simultaneously. For example, characters in a fictional work might speak different forms of the same language, or the dialogue may be in a different form of language from the rest of the text.  However, the work appears to be about the translation of literary works, including possibly translation from one form of a language to another form of the same language.  The proposal was not necessary.

Field notes

A cataloger’s note in the proposal contains a good description of field notes, but it is not supported by definitions in the citations (the 670 fields).  It is unclear whether the cataloger’s note was intended to be a scope note; if so, it should be reformatted according to the guidelines in H 400 and citations that fully support it should be provided. In addition, a BT should be included in the proposal, according to H 370 sec. 1. 

Finally, the work being cataloged is field notes.  While it is valid to propose the subject heading, the meeting suggests that a genre/form term may be proposed instead. A proposal for either a subject heading or a genre/form term may be resubmitted.

Humorous poetry, South African

This heading would be assigned to collections of humorous poetry in two or more of the languages of South Africa. The meeting could not determine whether it is appropriate for the work being cataloged because only the Afrikaans-language title of the work being cataloged was provided.  If the work consists of humorous poetry in Afrikaans, then Humorous poetry, Afrikaans should be proposed instead.  A proposal that contains information in English that explains the relationship of the work to the heading being proposed may be resubmitted.

Kahn family

This proposal was made to add the UF Kahan family to the existing heading.  A citation to a work about the Kahan family was provided, but it did not include any information indicating that Kahan is a variant spelling of Kahn.  The Dictionary of American Family Names lists Kahan as variant form of Cohen.  A UF for the Kahn family was added to the heading Cohen family.  The proposal was not approved.

Language Protests, Tʻbilisi, Georgia, 1978

According to H 1592, headings for events may be established under the conventional name for the event, or “the generally accepted name in English.” The only usage of the phrase “language protests” provided in the proposal was from a headline of an article, and the meeting was unable to find consistent usage of the phrase elsewhere.  The work may be cataloged using headings such as Language policy, Linguistic rights, and Demonstrations. The proposal was not approved.

Mobile Bay, Battle of, Ala., 1864

This proposal was made to add a UF Mobile Bay, Campaign for, Ala., 1864 to the existing heading.  The only heading for a battle that includes UFs for the alternate terminology “campaign” is Johnsonville, Battle of, Johnsonville, Tenn., 1864, which has the former heading UFs Johnsonville Campaign, 1864 and Johnsonville Campaign, New Johnsonville, Tenn., 1864. Given that the word campaign appears only in deprecated forms of the heading, the meeting does not wish to consider it a precedent for future UFs.  Further, H 1285 does not make provision for UFs that include variations on the generic word battle. The proposal was not approved.

MSC Adams software

Individual computer programs and software such as MSC Adams are established in the name authority file (see H 405 and H 2070). The proposal was not approved.

Neopagan women

The information provided in the proposal indicates that the work is not about neopagan women, but about how a Christian mother coped with her adult daughter’s conversion to paganism.  It should be cataloged using the headings Mothers and daughters and Conversion—Paganism. The proposal was not necessary.

Nineteen twenty-four, A.D.

SHM H 620 sec. 2.c states that general headings for centuries, years, and other periods should be assigned only to general works on the time period that are not limited to specific topics.  The work being cataloged is about the history of Turkey and should be assigned the heading Turkey—History—1918-1960. The proposal was not necessary.

Pastel drawing, Spanish

Only the Spanish-language title of the work being cataloged was provided to support this proposal. The proposal may be resubmitted with information in English that explains the relationship of the work to the heading being proposed.

Product reviews

Works about the writing of product reviews have been assigned the heading Commercial products—Evaluation, and that heading may be appropriate for the work being cataloged.  If it is not sufficient, the meeting suggests that it may be appropriate to propose two headings, one for reviews of products and one for reviews of services. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Red House (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)

The proposal indicates that two buildings called Red House have occupied the same location.  Separate headings must be established when multiple buildings with the same name successively occupy the same site. They are disambiguated by adding date spans to the qualifiers (see H 1334 sec. 3.c).  The meeting could not determine which of the buildings the heading was meant to represent, or whether a heading for each building is needed. In addition, the proposal did not include any BTs, which are required by H 1334 sec. 4.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Resin transfer molding

The meeting is unable to determine the difference between the proposed heading and the existing heading Reaction injection molding.  They both seem to employ closed molds that are injected with a substance, which then goes through a curing reaction.  If there is no appreciable difference between reaction injection molding and resin transfer molding, then a proposal to add a UF to the existing heading may be submitted.  If there is an appreciable difference, then the proposal for Resin transfer molding may be resubmitted along with information that clarifies that difference.

Rhine House (Saint Helena, Calif.)

Citations in proposals should support the heading and references, as well as any qualifiers and scope notes. The citations in this proposal do not support the geographic qualifier. The proposal may be resubmitted with information about the location of the house.

Ritidian Point (Guam)

This proposal was made to establish the geographic promontory called Ritidian Point, but the work being cataloged is about the Ritidian Unit of the Guam National Wildlife Refuge.  UFs for the unit were added to the heading Guam National Wildlife Refuge (Guam), in accordance with the provisions of H 1925 sec. 1.b.  The proposal was not necessary.

Silent film music

This proposal was made to cancel the UF Film music, which is also a UF to Motion picture music.  If a new heading for silent film music were proposed today, the UF would not be considered necessary because Motion picture music is its BT.  However, the UF on Silent film music is not hurting anything and may in fact provide useful access.  The meeting requests that catalogers focus on making proposals for new concepts instead of proposals to adjust existing headings for the sake of technical correctness.  This was a change for change’s sake and was not approved.

Speeches, addresses, etc., Philippine

Only the title of the work being cataloged, Stewards of the nation, was provided to support this proposal. The proposal may be resubmitted with information that explains the relationship of the work to the heading being proposed.

Subirá-Juliá family

While the proposal indicates that Joana M Julià married Rafael de Subirà, it does not show that the resulting family was called the Subirá-Juliá family.  Further, grave accents are used in the citations, but acute accents are used in the proposed heading. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Casa Subirá d'Altrón (Altrón, Spain)

The information provided in the citations does not support the proposed BT, Public buildings—Spain. Some online resources refer to the structure as a private house; that is, a dwelling. Furthermore, the diacritics used in the proposed heading do not match the diacritics used in the name of the house as it appears on the official website for the government of Catalonia. Finally, the geographic qualifier is not supported by information in the citations.  Research indicating the purpose of the building, its location, and the correct spelling of its name should be provided in the proposal, and the heading and BT should be revised as necessary. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Wine and women

Headings in the form [topic] and [topic] are assigned to resources that cover to very general topics at a broad level and from the perspectives of both topics (see H 310). It is not appropriate for the work being cataloged, which is a wine guide written for women.  The proposal was revised to Wine selection, which can be assigned to the work along with Women consumers. The proposal as submitted was not approved.

Zámek Milotice (Milotice, Czech Republic)

The location of a building cannot be assumed based on the building’s name.  The citations should be revised to include information about the location of the castle. The proposal may be resubmitted. 

Zénith (Nantes, France)

The proposal should include information in English that supports the choice of BT. The proposal may be resubmitted.
           

GENRE/FORM TERMS

Fantasy comedies (Television programs)

This proposal was made to add the BT Paranormal television programs to the existing heading.  Not all fantasy comedies are about the paranormal. The proposal was not approved.

Literary criticism; Book reviews

The proposal for Literary criticism was made to add several UFs to the existing term, as well as to add a contrasting scope note with the existing term Book reviews (which does not have a scope note).
The existing scope note for Literary criticism states, “Works that evaluate, study, and discuss literature of any genre.” The UFs being proposed were upward references for criticism of specific forms of literature: drama criticism, poetry criticism, and fiction criticism. The meeting believes that adding these UFs would lead to the misperception that Literary criticism can be applied only to criticism of plays, fiction, or poetry, thereby excluding criticism of other forms of literature (e.g., allegories, comics, folk literature, sagas). The meeting specifically decided not to include upward UFs for that reason when it added the scope note in December 2018.

The scope note contrasting Literary criticism and Book reviews is likewise problematic. The scope note proposed for Book reviews was, “Reviews of literary works of any genre,” but the term Book reviews is meant to be assigned to reviews of non-literary as well as literary works. Further, the meeting does not believe that the term Book reviews is ambiguous, obscure, or lacking a precise definition, or that the scope note would serve a useful purpose (see J 195 sec. 1 in the genre/form manual). Since none of those criteria were met, a scope note that is made simply to provide a definition (that is, without contrasting two terms) is not necessary for Book reviews. Finally, given the wide-ranging nature of book reviews, the meeting believes that there is not enough overlap to add a contrasting scope note with Literary criticism.

The proposals were not approved.

Paranormal films

Instruction sheet J 120 sec. 1 in the genre/form manual states, “Establish a new term for definable and identifiable genres and forms for resources being cataloged,” and instruction sheet J 186 says, “When establishing a new term that is an intermediate term in a hierarchy, add the new term as a BT to the authority records for all existing narrower ones …”.

This proposal did not include a citation for a work being cataloged, so it did not fulfill the requirement in J 120. Additionally, a cataloger’s note indicated that the proposal was “made for reference hierarchy,” but the instruction in J 186 does not say – and does not imply – that proposals should be made in order to add levels of hierarchy. If a proposal is needed for a work, and the proposed term is hierarchically superior to existing terms, then the BTs on the existing narrower terms should be revised when the proposal for the new term is submitted.

The proposal was not necessary. 

Related proposals were made to revise the hierarchies for Fantasy comedies (Motion pictures); Ghost films; Vampire films; Werewolf films; and Zombie films. All five were stricken from the list as a result of the decision not to approve Paranormal films.

Webcomics

It is clear from the citations provided that online comics are not different in purpose, form, or structure from comics published elsewhere, and that some online comics are also published in newspapers, magazines, or comic books. The format of the comics should be brought out with descriptive elements. The proposal was not approved.

Western films

This proposal was made to add the UFs Contemporary western films and Neo-western films to the existing term, as well as to broaden the term’s scope note.

The proposal cited the British Film Institute’s list of “10 great modern westerns,” which includes such diverse films as Lone Star (a murder mystery), Tears of the Black Tiger (which features gangs in Thailand), The Proposition (about bushrangers in the Australian outback), and No Country for Old Men (a crime thriller).It is obvious that two of those films did not fit the proposed scope note, which required that the films be set in the American West. In addition, it is clear that the quotation from the website was taken out of context or misunderstood; neo-western and contemporary western were being used as general descriptors or appellations, and not as definable genres or forms.

The definition of genre/form as used in LCGFT is, “categories of resources that share known conventions … genre/form terms may describe the purpose, structure, content, and/or themes of resources … [they] most frequently refer to creative works and denote common rhetorical devices that usually combine elements such as plot, settings, character types, etc.” (see J 120).  The films that are described as neo- or contemporary westerns utilize motifs that are common in westerns (e.g., good versus evil), but they are not necessarily westerns. Neither do they have sufficient commonalities with each other to merit a genre/form term of their own. 

The proposal was not approved.

 

STATISTICS

 

LCSH

LCGFT

LCMPT

LCDGT

Children’s

Approved*

274 (90%)

16 (77%)

0

0

0

   Authority records cancelled+

21

0

0

0

0

Not necessary

3

1

0

0

0

Not approved

9

5

0

0

0

Resubmit

19

0

0

0

0

*The number of proposals approved is approximate and may change slightly during the final processing of the Approved List.

+The number of authority records cancelled is also included in the total number of proposals approved.