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September 13, 2019

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: L. Dechman

Announcement

When the Summary of Decisions is published each month, some catalogers hurry to make the changes that have been recommended. The meeting requests that catalogers wait until they receive the automated email regarding the status of the proposal before attempting to make any changes. Until the list is processed, proposals are locked in the proposal system. Final processing of a list occurs two to three days following publication of the Summary at which time the automated emails are sent and the proposals are unlocked. The two- to three-day delay gives catalogers the opportunity to harvest information from proposals if necessary. Catalogers are urged to wait until the automated email is received before attempting to make changes to proposals.

CLASSIFICATION

BQ4610.S52

Shamanism is already established as a special topic under Buddhism. The existing number is BQ4570.S5, which should be used instead. The proposal was not approved.

BS680.B37

This proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Berbers in the Bible for details.

DS109.8.B34

DS109.8.A-Z is for local places in Jerusalem. Bayt Ḥanīnā is not established as a city section of Jerusalem in the NAF. The NAR for Bayt Ḥanīnā includes a GeoNet citation that identifies it as a PPL in the West Bank, and it includes two citations that seem to indicate it is a city section of Jerusalem. The cataloger should correct the record in the NAF. The proposal may be resubmitted.

DS432.B263; DS493.9.B33

These proposals were made for the same work, by the same library. 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.

One of the proposals should be deleted by the proposing library. The other proposal may be resubmitted with a resubmitted subject proposal. See below under Badis for details.

[DS597.367.D39]; DS597.367.D93

These proposals were made to change the caption from “Dyaks” to “Dyaks. Dayak” and to add a reference from the singular form of the name to the new caption that has both the singular form and the plural. The meeting considers this change for change’s sake. The proposals were not necessary. 

[DS891-891.5]

This proposal may be resubmitted with resubmitted subject proposals from List 1908 for the Heisei period in Japanese history and literature, and proposals to open a new span of numbers in classification.
           
F1981.C46

This proposal was not necessary, following the decision for the related subject proposal. See below under Central Mountains Range (P.R.) for details.

[PL867-878]

This proposal may be resubmitted with resubmitted subject proposals from List 1908 for the Heisei period in Japanese history and literature, and proposals to open a new span of numbers in classification.

PM2026.N5-.N595

The proposal was made to add the word “dialect” to the name of the language in the caption, but this number is in a list of languages. The words “language” or “dialect” in the captions would be redundant in this context. The proposal was not necessary.

PN3377.5.C74

Creative nonfiction should not be included in a prose fiction hierarchy. The cataloger should make a proposal for it in PN171.A-Z. The proposal may be resubmitted.

HN101/1 20.G36

The work being cataloged is about the concept of classism; therefore, the proposal was changed to HN101/1 20.C53. See below under Gapjil for further discussion.

[PL1 0.85-88]

This proposal may be resubmitted with resubmitted subject proposals from List 1908 for the Heisei period in Japanese history and literature, and proposals to open a new span of numbers in classification.

[PL1a .x85-.x88]

This proposal may be resubmitted with resubmitted subject proposals from List 1908 for the Heisei period in Japanese history and literature, and proposals to open a new span of numbers in classification.


 SUBJECT HEADINGS

Subdivisions to be added to lists of free-floating subdivisions:

                        H 1095, Free-Floating Subdivisions
                                    $x Governorates

Other decisions:

Badis

See the discussion above under DS432.B263; DS493.9.B33. To reiterate, the cataloger should propose only the class number that is needed for the work being cataloged.

The 053$a is not repeatable, but the 053 field is.  More importantly, the cataloger needs to look at the other records with qualified 053s – or look at the MARC documentation and correct the punctuation in the 053$c.

The work cat citation does not provide a description of the Vadi, and none of the other citations use that spelling.  Do the other citations refer to the same group? If the citations refer to the same group, some information should be provided that shows that the groups are the same.  The citation to the census is good, but again, how does the cataloger know that the Vadi and the Badi are the same people?

Joshua Project is cited, but the entry there indicates that Badi is not the preferred term for the people. It also indicates that the people are in India, Nepal, and Pakistan, but the citation lists only India and Nepal.

Again in Joshua Project, Vadi is listed as a variant form of name for a different ethnic group in India and Pakistan.

The heading and UFs should be in the singular with a qualifier for the region, not in the unqualified plural form.

The proposal may be resubmitted.

Band-i Barq-i Darūntah (Afghanistan)

The work cat citation does not provide the name of the dam. The first UF is not given in the 670s, but another English form is. Geonet includes other variants, but it was not cited. Also, the non-Roman script should be removed from the 670s. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Berbers in the Bible

The cataloger did not provide a description in English as required by SHM H 202 sec. 1.a.(6). The proposal may be resubmitted.

Cardigan, Mount (N.H.)

The citation for the work being cataloged should provide more information than just “Cardigan.” Also, the cataloger proposed an RT Mountains—New Hampshire and a BT Summits—New Hampshire.  The cataloger should read H 370, consult LCSH to determine the authorized heading for summits, and revise the references. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Casey Key (Fla.)

Geonames (apparently geonames.org) is cited, but it is not an authoritative source. GNIS, which is the authoritative source, was also cited, but incompletely – the citation does not provide the variant names that are in GNIS. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Central Mountains Range (P.R.)

The work being cataloged is about the region around Caguas, not about the Central Mountains Range. The cataloger should construct a region heading based on the name of the city (see H 760). The proposal was not necessary.

Central Salish languages

The proposal does not list a work being cataloged (as required in H 202 sec. 1.a.(1)), and appears 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.

Citadel of Damascus (Damascus, Syria)

This citadel was used as an active military installation until the 1980s. It is already properly established in the NAF (LCCN nr2002040251). The proposal was not approved.

Devotional poetry

This proposal was made to add the BT Religious poetry. If Devotional poetry had the BT Religious poetry, every derivative heading would have to have a similar BT (e.g., Devotional poetry, American would have to have the BT Religious poetry, American).  Religious poetry exists as a BT at a higher level of the hierarchy, which is sufficient. The proposal was not approved.

Drama—Religious aspects; Drama—Religious aspects—Christianity

Drama is the heading for texts of plays, while Theater is for performances. It is possible that the cataloger needs the heading Theater—Religious aspects, which has a multiple, but it is difficult to tell given the paucity of information provided. The proposal was not necessary.

See below under Cockfighting—Religious aspects, etc. for further discussion.

Cockfighting—Religious aspects; Cockfighting—Religious aspects—Christianity; Horse racing—Religious aspects; Horse racing—Religious aspects—Christianity

The title of the work being cataloged is: An exhortation in Christian love : to all who frequent horse-racing, cock-fighting, throwing at cocks, gaming, plays, dancing, musical entertainments, or any other Vain Diversions. This title does not indicate clearly that the work is about Christian views on cockfighting and horse racing.

As an alternative, the cataloger should consider proposing overarching general terms, such as Entertainment events—Religious aspects, and Entertainment events—Religious aspects—Christianity, which might be better than making and assigning an individual heading for every type of event mentioned in the title. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Dramatists, Finnish

The cataloger did not provide any information in English as required by SHM H 202 sec. 1.a.(6). The proposal may be resubmitted.

Durua (Indic people)

No information was provided from the work being cataloged, such as where the Durua live, what variant names they have, etc.

The additional source citation is just an article quoting the author of the work being cataloged, and does not sufficiently add useful information.  However, it says that the Duruas have tribal status, which would seem to indicate that they would be included in census information, official lists of tribes, etc. A citation to one of those sources might have added substantive information.

The spelling Dhurua is provided only in a UF and in a cataloger’s note. If it really is a variant spelling for the group, it should be properly supported in the 670s. Furthermore, if, as the cataloger’s note indicates, Dharua is covered by an existing heading, why was a proposal not made to add the UF? If the UF is warranted, it must be supported in the 670s in that record (the cataloger’s note in this record is not sufficient).

The classification number in the 053 must be proposed.

The proposal may be resubmitted.

Emperors—Religious aspects; Emperors—Religious aspects—Shinto

The subdivision –Religious aspects is not used with classes of persons.  Kings and rulers—Religious aspects exists as a practical exception made to cover an old-style heading (Kings and rulers (in religion, folk-lore, etc.)), rather than a precedent to be followed.  Emperors—Religious aspects—Shinto was revised to Kings and rulers—Religious aspects—Shinto. The proposal for Emperors—Religious aspects was not approved. 

Meeting planners

This proposal was made to add the heading Event planners (approved on this list) as a BT on the existing heading Meeting planners. The meeting does not wish to build this hierarchy, so the BT on this heading will remain the same. The proposal was not approved.

Experiment with Light

The information provided in the source citations do not actually describe this practice, so the meeting cannot evaluate whether the BTs are appropriate. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Gallo Fortress (San Pedro de Gallo, Mexico)

BGN was not cited as required. The heading should be established in the vernacular. Also, the local place name has to be established in the NAF before it can be used as a qualifier. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Gapjil

H 315 says that a foreign-language term can be approved as a heading if “no English term for the concept exists, and the concept is normally expressed in foreign terms even in English-language works and reference sources, … or after doing proper authority research, no citation to the concept can be found in any English-language work or reference source, and the concept appears to be unique to the language of the work being cataloged.”  This concept is described as the authoritarian attitude and actions of upper-class people who have power over others.  This concept is covered by the existing heading Classism, which has the BT Attitude (Psychology). The proposal was not approved.

The accompanying proposal for the classification number was revised (see above under HN101/1 20.G36).

Gaur (Group of artists)

This group of artists was self-named, issued a joint manifesto, and exhibited together. The footnote under Artists’ groups in H 405, Group Two, says in part, “Headings for artists’, composers’, etc., groups that are self-identified by a particular name and function as a business firm in creating, publishing, promoting, and marketing their works are established as corporate entities according to descriptive cataloging conventions.” The meeting believes that this group fulfills the criteria for establishing it in the Name Authority File. The proposal was not approved.

Hutan Simpan Sepilok (Sabah, Malaysia)

Not every big park is a national park. The 670s say that this park is maintained by the Sabah Forest Department, which is state-level. If the national government of Malaysia designated the park, then there should be citation saying so. If not, then the BT National parks and reserves—Malaysia should be removed. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Intown (Paris, France)

The cataloger did not provide any information in English regarding the content of the work. (Please review H 202 sec. 1.a.(6).) The cataloger also used a URL in a 670$a when the website has a title, which should be used instead. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Islamic clothing and dress—Law and legislation

The cataloger did not provide any information in English regarding the content of the work. (Please review H 202 sec. 1.a.(6).) The proposal may be resubmitted.

Malalag Bay Area (Philippines)

SHM H 760 sec. 1.e says that to create a region heading like this, the region has to be well known by an alternative name form. Evidence from one work is not sufficient, and the meeting cannot find convincing supporting evidence. The cataloger should use the free-floating region heading: Malalag Bay Region (Philippines). The proposal was not approved.

Manorbier Castle (Manorbier, Wales)

The location of the castle cannot be assumed from the castle’s name. The proposal may be resubmitted with information about the location of the castle.

Mexican American scholars

The citation does not support the choice of heading because it does not indicate that the scholars are Mexican American, or that Mexican American scholars are the topic of the work. It talks about Chicano studies, which is not necessarily about scholars. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Northwest Atlantic Ocean

The cataloger provided usage of the phrase, but did not provide a description of what constitutes the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, or any geographic coordinates.  The meeting questioned whether there is a need to further slice-and-dice the Atlantic Ocean. The heading North Atlantic Ocean seems to be sufficient. The proposal was not approved.

Poland—History—March Events, 1968

The citations provide usage but not a description of the events covered. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Reserva de Caza del Anayet (Spain)

Justification in English for the BT was not provided. Also, the formulation of information in the 781 field should be revised. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Satirists, Finnish; Humorists, Finnish

No English was provided in either proposal. (Please review H 202 sec. 1.a.(6).)  In addition, the meeting questioned whether both headings are actually needed. Humorists is the BT for Satirists. The proposal(s) may be resubmitted.

Science fiction, Urdu

The cataloger did not provide any English. (Please review H 202 sec. 1.a.(6).) The proposal may be resubmitted.

Sexual minorities—Civil rights—Religious aspects; Sexual minorities—Civil rights—Religious aspects—Christianity

The subdivision –Civil rights—Religious aspects is free-floating, and it is not further subdivided by a multiple, which was a conscious decision made to keep the strings relatively short.  This is the case with most other free-floaters of the type --[topic]–Religious aspects.  The cancellation of the multiples headings does not mean the subdivisions for denominations and religions should be added every time --Religious aspects is used.  The proposal for Sexual minorities—Civil rights—Religious aspects was not necessary because it free-floats, and Sexual minorities—Civil rights—Religious aspects—Christianity was not approved.  

The cataloger can post-coordinate if desired: Sexual minorities—Civil rights—Religious aspects and Civil rights—Religious aspects—Christianity.

Speculative fiction, Finnish

The cataloger did not provide any English. (Please review H 202 sec. 1.a.(6).) The proposal may be resubmitted.

Stand-up comics (Persons)

Many, if not most, of the works cataloged with the heading Comedians are about stand-up comedians, and it would be very difficult at this point to tease them apart for the purposes of bib file maintenance. Moreover, when we think of comedians now we probably tend to think of stand-up comedians. The heading Comedians is sufficient. Stand-up comedians was added as an upward UF on the heading Comedians. The proposal was not approved.

T͡Setlin family

The form of the name chosen for the heading was not supported in the proposal. The cataloger questioned which form of the name to prefer. The reciprocal question is, which family is the subject of the work being cataloged?

Further, it appears that T͡Setlin and Cetlin are Russian forms of the name. Also, Zetlin may be a Russian form. Instruction sheet H 1631 sec. 3.a says that the most common form of the name should be the one chosen for the heading. Research in a dictionary of Russian names, in a Russian telephone book, or in a name authority file might give some indication of which form of the name is most prevalent.

Alternatively, H 1631 sec. 3.a says that if the family is famous, choose the spelling that represents the famous person in the family. Since Cetlin is the name of the poet, the cataloger could choose that form of the name for the subject heading. The fact that the poet used a pseudonym would not be a factor in choosing the form of the family name.

H 1631 sec. 3 goes on to say that if the spelling of a family name changed because of immigration, then the two names should be established separately and linked as related terms. If Cetlin is an anglicized form of T͡Setlin and the anglicized form was a result of immigration, then two headings should be established if both names are needed to catalog the work in hand.

The proposal may be resubmitted.

 

GENRE/FORM TERMS

Communication surveys

Based on the highly divergent citations provided, the meeting cannot determine what is meant by the term “communication survey.”  The cataloger needs to find a definition or description in an authoritative reference source. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Sea poetry

The proposal provides usage, but no definition or description from an authoritative source. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Traffic surveys

The proposal provides usage, but no definition or description from an authoritative source. The proposal may be resubmitted.

 

MEDIUM OF PERFORMANCETERMS

Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

           
DEMOGRAPHIC TERMS

Changes were made as indicated on the approved list.

 

STATISTICS

 

LCSH

LCGFT

LCMPT

LCDGT

Children’s

Approved*

294 (90%)

26 (89%)

0

0

0

   Authority records cancelled+

22

0

0

0

0

Not necessary

5

0

0

0

0

Not approved

10

0

0

0

0

Resubmit

22

3

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.