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June 14, 2019

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: J. Young



The work being cataloged should be classed with the topic, metaphysics. The proposal was not necessary.


This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Yashan (Jewish law) for details.


This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Nalke (Indic people) for details.


This proposal was made to establish a cutter for Ottoman Empire refugees in the alphabetical list of ethnic and national groups receiving refugee relief. A cataloger’s note in the proposal indicated that the work being cataloged is about people of many ethnicities and nationalities who left the Ottoman Empire.

HV640.5.A-Z is for individual national and ethnic groups, so the caption “Ottoman Empire refugees” is not appropriate. The meeting suggested two solutions. First, a cutter number for Turks could be proposed in HV640.5.A-Z. The caption would refer to people from Turkey in general, as well as to ethnic Turks. Second, the work could be classed in HV640.4.A-Z, region or country providing the relief, if the majority of the refugees discussed fled to a particular region or country (e.g., Germany; Western Europe). 

A proposal for Turks in HV640.5.A-Z may be resubmitted if desired.


This proposal was made for video surveillance as a topic in crime prevention. The work should be classified with other works on this topic in HV7936.T4 (television and electronic surveillance as a special topic in police administration).
The meeting suggests that the cataloger consider making several proposals to clarify the treatment. For example, an “including” note for video surveillance could be added to HV7936.T4; a reference to HV7936.T4 could be made from the crime prevention hierarchy; and confer notes could be made between HV7936.T4 and TK6680.3, which is where many works on social and crowd control and crime prevention through electronic video surveillance have been incorrectly classed.

The proposal was not approved.


This proposal was made to establish a number for a museum.  The Muzeul Național Secuiesc din Sfântu Gheorghe is not an art museum. According to its website, it includes a wide range of collections related to the Hungarian community in Romania. If the work being cataloged is about the museum itself, it should be classed in AM101.A-Z (individual museums by place). If the work is about Hungarians in Romania, it may be classed in DR214.H9.

The proposal was not approved.


The first subject heading assigned to the work being cataloged is Villages—Egypt, indicating that the work is not literary.

The proposal was not approved.


According to SHM H 80, the first subject heading (or the first two headings taken together) should match the classification number. This proposal is for collections of poetry about blacks, but the heading Blacks—Poetry was assigned as the fourth subject heading. The mismatch between the class number and the subject headings needs to be resolved before the proposal can be fully vetted. The proposal may be resubmitted.


Fiore novello is an anonymous literary work, and should be classed in PQ4561. The proposal may be resubmitted.


This proposal was made to establish a literary author number for Francis Adams as an Australian author. The Library of Congress had already assigned him the number PR4001.A16 (with 19th century English authors). Adams was born in England and spent his early years there, then moved to Australia, and later moved back to England. He published while living in Australia and in England.
CSM F 632 sec. 2.c states, “Once a decision has been made to class an author with a particular country, this number will usually continue to be used. Do not change the number unless the original choice was clearly in error.” The classing of Adams as an English literary author was not a clear error. PR4001.A16 will continue to be his literary author number.

The proposal was not approved.


PS374.A-Z is for historical and critical works about special forms and topics in prose fiction. The work being cataloged is a collection of short stories about Fitzwilliam Darcy that should be classed in PS648.A-Z. The proposal may be resubmitted.


CSM F 10 sec. 7 states that works about the influence of one topic on another should be classed with the topic being influenced.  The work being cataloged is about rain-influenced attenuation, which is the influence of rain on electromagnetic waves. A proposal for attenuation in QC665.A-Z, with an including note for rain-induced attenuation, may be resubmitted.

QD116.A56; QD116.S77

These proposals were made for the same work, by the same library. QD116.A56 was for anodic stripping voltammetry and QD116.S77, for its broader concept, stripping voltammetry.  As a reminder, catalogers should propose only the class numbers that are needed for the work being cataloged. 

Both of these proposals were too specific for LCC. The work should be classified in QD116.V64, voltammetry, and the meeting added an including note for stripping and anodic stripping voltammetry to that caption. The proposals were not approved.

TK7876.512.A-Z; TK7876.512.A88

These proposals were made for the same work, by the same library, as the proposal QC926.215 (above). Neither proposal was necessary, because catalogers should propose only the number that is needed for the work being cataloged, and not a number for every place that a concept could be classed. The proposals were not necessary.


Works on cooking with hops are classified in TX814.5.H66. The proposal was not necessary.

J11a .A56P65

The first subject heading assigned in the bibliographic record is Political purges—Law and legislation—Former communist countries, which would class in the K (law) schedules. The subject heading – and likely a class number – would need to be proposed.

However, an online description seems to indicate that the work is not legal nor about political theory, and therefore should not be classed in either J nor K. Instead, it sounds largely like a historical analysis of political purges that occurred in former communist countries.  It should therefore be classed in the history schedules. The proposal was not approved.



Devotional literature, Hebrew

According to the citation for the work being cataloged, the work is a compilation of prayers. It should be assigned the heading Judaism—Prayers and devotions. The proposal was not necessary.

Dystopian plays

This proposal was made to remove the UFs Dystopias—Drama and Dystopias—Juvenile drama from the established heading. The references follow a well-established pattern in LCSH.  The proposal included a cataloger’s note opining that the UFs needed to be removed so that Dystopias—Drama could be assigned to a television program. The genre/form term Dystopian television programs was created for this purpose and should be assigned to the work being cataloged. The proposal was not approved.

Islamic stories, English

The citation in the proposal does not clearly indicate the relationship of the work being cataloged to the proposal. A summary or description of the work in English should be provided. The meeting also requests that a UF be added to the proposal, analogous to the UFs on similar headings. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Nalke (Indic people)

The 1975 edition of Castes and Tribes of Southern India, which was cited in the proposal, indicates that the Nalke are a caste of mat, basket, and umbrella makers.  Joshua Project, which is also cited, indicates that they are barbers. Given the strictures of the caste system, the meeting questions whether the entries in the two reference sources refer to the same ethnic group, or if they in fact describe two separate ethnic groups that happen to share a name. If the latter, the two groups should not be conflated in a single authority record. More research should be done to prove whether the entries are or are not for the same group, and if not, to ensure that the group being described in the reference source is the same group being described in the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Quimper Peninsula (Wash.)

New citations should be appended to an existing record when a proposal is made to revise the record. Those new citations should appear after the existing citations, not intermixed with existing citations. The existing citations should not be deleted nor should they be reorganized.
An existing citation was deleted from this record and new citations were intermixed with existing ones. The existing citations should be put back to their original state before the meeting will consider the proposal. Furthermore, the new Wikipedia citation is extraneous and should be reconsidered. Wikipedia is not considered to be authoritative for subject proposal purposes, per SHM H 202 sec. 1.b, and in this case it merely repeats information that is already provided in two other citations. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Regionalism; Interregionalism

These proposals were made to add scope notes contrasting the two headings, but the scope notes are not supported by the citations in the records. Citations to reference sources that define the terms should be provided, and the meeting also requests that the broader terms be revised, if necessary, based on that research. The proposals may be resubmitted.


The heading being proposed was not used in the bibliographic record, and work appears to about the sailcloth industry, not sailcloth itself. The call number provided in the subject proposal is for the canvas and burlap industries. A proposal for the industry may be resubmitted, if desired.

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616—Pets

This proposal was made to request that –Pets be authorized as a free-floating subdivision under names of persons. The work being cataloged is about the dog of a Canadian literary author.  

Works about the pets of individuals are assigned the heading for the person, the heading for the name of the pet, and the heading Pets (or a more specific heading, such as Celebrities’ pets or Legislators’ pets). The meeting considers that treatment to be sufficient.
Further, free-floating subdivisions are problematic in linked data. The meeting is therefore conservative about approving new free-floating subdivisions, particularly those that are used with entities established in the name authority file.

The proposal was not approved.

Sultan III Ahmet Çeşmesi (Istanbul, Turkey : Hakimiyeti Milliye Caddesi)

Before a street name can be used in a qualifier, the street must be established. This proposal may be resubmitted with a proposal for Hakimiyeti Milliye Caddesi.

Uab Meto languages

This proposal seems to have been made for hierarchical purposes only. LCSH does not generally include headings for language groups at this level of specificity, unless the heading is needed for a work. The proposal was not necessary. 

Yashan (Jewish law)

The information provided in the 680 (scope note) field is inappropriate for that field. The meeting wonders whether it was meant to appear in a 670 (source citation) field instead. 

The information indicates that yashan refers only to dietary considerations surrounding wheat. However, the meeting’s research indicates that yashan applies to five grains: oats, wheat, barley, rye, and spelt.

If the work is about restrictions on the consumption of wheat, then Wheat—Religious aspects—Judaism should be assigned. If it is broader, then a proposal for yashan would be appropriate. Additional information from reference sources that indicates the full extent of the concept should be provided. The form of heading and references should also be reconsidered. If the word yashan is unique to Jewish law, then the qualifier may not be needed, and if yashan is a Jewish dietary law, then the BT should be Jews—Dietary laws.

The proposal may be resubmitted.



Atlases (Illustrated works)

LCGFT includes the terms Atlases, Anatomical atlases, Linguistic atlases, World atlases, etc., because they are well defined, easily recognized, and discrete forms of atlases. This proposal does not represent such a form. The cataloger’s description in the first citation states that the work includes an “atlas of plates;” the plates consist of photographs. The second citation is to a work entitled Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia, and the third citation is for a socio-economic work to which the LCSH free-floating subdivision –Atlases was incorrectly applied.

The diversity of the citations suggests that the intent of the proposal was to establish a genre/form term to assign to disparate works that display no similarities other than that they may call themselves atlases. Instruction sheet J 110 of the draft genre/form manual indicates that it is not necessary to assign a genre/form term to every work that is cataloged.

The proposal was not approved.

Historical atlases

This proposal improperly conflates subject matter and form. The topic of an atlas should be brought out with subject headings (e.g., World War, 1914-1918; Jews—History). Most atlases of history are cartographic atlases, to which the genre/form term Atlases should be assigned. The proposal was not approved.       

Image data sets; Spatial data sets; Statistical data sets; Text data sets

The meeting does not wish to establish terms for types of data sets. Instead, multiple genre/form terms and/or subject headings should be assigned to represent the various aspects of a data set, if such access is considered desirable. For example, a data set consisting of statistics could be assigned the genre/form terms Data sets and Statistics. The proposal was not approved.

Military histories; Naval histories

Neither of these proposals is eligible for LCGFT, because neither represents a genre or a form. Military and naval histories are no different in structure than any other scholarly work: they have chapters, footnotes, bibliographies, and literature reviews, and sometimes maps and pictures. The subject matter should be brought out with subject headings. The proposals were not approved.

Philosophical poetry

The citations provided showed evidence of usage of the phrase philosophical poetry, but did not provide a description or definition from an authoritative reference source. The proposal may be resubmitted if such a description or definition can be found.



Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.










233 (95%)

9 (50%)

4 (100%)



   Authority records cancelled+






Not necessary






Not approved












*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.