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August 19, 2013

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: J. Young

CLASSIFICATION

B945.H2848-.H28484

As noted in recent Summaries of Decisions, works on the philosophy of a subject class with the subject. The work being cataloged appears to be a critique of Donna Haraway’s philosophy on technology as a cause of social change, and should be classified in HM846. 

BL815.F38

The work being cataloged is about the Roman deity Fortuna and should be classed in BL820.F7. The proposal was not necessary.

BL2532.C78

The work being cataloged would be better classified in BP605.A-Z, with other fringe cults. A proposal for BP605.C+ may be resubmitted.

F897.C38 and related proposals

The proposals were made to add Schafer State Park to the “including” note for Grays Harbor County, Washington. However, the park is in Mason County. The proposal may be resubmitted.

GV1469.W49

Whyville is not a computer game, but a web site that contains educational games. The work should be classified at LB1029.S53. The proposal was not approved.

KF277.C76

The meeting prefers to continue to class criminal and civil procedure together in KF277.P7, rather than making a separate cutter for criminal procedure. The proposal was not approved.

PL909.44

See the discussion below about the subject proposal Korean language—History—Japanese occupation, 1910-1945. The proposal may be resubmitted.

PN2884.5.H37

See the discussion below about the subject proposal Harikatha. The proposal may be resubmitted.

SUBJECT HEADINGS

Announcements

Deities and mythological figures

Headings for individual deities and mythological figures (e.g., Thor, Hercules) should now be established in the name authority file using RDA instructions. The RDA heading will be valid for use as a subject heading.

Headings for groups of deities and mythological figures (e.g., Nymphs, the Furies) will continue to be established in LCSH because they cannot currently be established with RDA instructions. The heading God and headings of the type God (name of religion) (e.g., God (Christianity); God (Greek religion)) also continue to be established in LCSH.

The following workflows should be followed when inputting a name authority for an individual deity or mythological figure.

If the heading is needed for subject cataloging and an LCSH heading for the deity or mythological figure already exists, catalogers may continue to assign the existing LCSH heading. In that case, do not make a name authority record.

Optionally, catalogers may make a name authority for the deity or mythological figure if an LCSH heading already exists, but then must also make a proposal to cancel the existing LC subject heading. The proposal should be made through the Subject Proposal System; click the icon next to the heading and select the option “Propose cancelling this heading.”

If the heading is needed for a descriptive access point, it should be input into the name authority file. LCSH should be searched to determine whether the deity or mythological figure has already been established there. If so, a proposal to cancel the subject heading must also be made. The proposal should be made through the Subject Proposal System; click the icon next to the heading and select the option “Propose cancelling this heading.” NACO libraries who do not contribute SACO proposals may email policy@loc.gov to request that PSD make the cancellation proposal for them.

A project to transition all individual deity and mythological figure headings from LCSH to the name authority file will be conducted as resources are available. Catalogers are requested to refrain from unilaterally undertaking projects to convert the LC subject headings to name headings in a wholesale manner. Workload and staffing issues do not permit PSD to process the number of proposals that such projects would generate. SACO libraries wishing to undertake such a project may contact the Coop Section at saco@loc.gov and the request will be considered.

The SHM will be revised to reflect the new procedures.

Proposals for fictitious characters and individual named animals withdrawn 

The following proposals for fictitious characters and individual named animals were withdrawn in accordance with the announcement entitled “Fictitious and legendary characters, and animals with proper names” in the Summary of Decisions for List 7 (2013). Headings for them may be added to the name authority file.  

            Knight, Rachel (Fictitious character)
            Mørk, Carl (Fictitious character)
            Nasrullah (Race horse)
            Private Sarbi (Dog)

Other decisions:

Casa Barbieri (Italy)

There are several buildings named Casa Barbieri in Italy, including two dwellings in Reggio Emilia: the 16th century building for which this heading was proposed, and a modern building designed by Christian Gasparini. The proposed heading should be qualified by Reggio Emilia and the street on which the building is located, the Via Sessi (SHM H 1334 sec. 3.c). A heading for the street needs to be proposed. The proposal for the house may be resubmitted along with a proposal for the street.

Dēmētsama, Battle of, Dēmētsama, Greece, 1948

Individual battles are established in the conventional form of name found in the sources consulted (SHM H 1285 sec. 1). The proposal did not provide any indication that reference sources were consulted for a conventional form. If reference sources were consulted without success, those sources should be listed in the 675 field in the authority record (H 202). The proposal may be resubmitted.

Harikatha

This proposal did not provide any information from the work being cataloged or indicate that any research required by H 202 was done. The proposal may be resubmitted.

High school basketball players

LCSH does not include headings that combine players of an individual sport with an educational level. The existing headings High school athletes and Basketball players should be assigned instead. The meeting notes that there is an exceptional heading, High school football players. That heading will be cancelled. The proposal was not approved.

Korean language—History—Japanese occupation, 1910-1945

Headings for languages are subdivided chronologically to indicate large shifts or changes in the language itself. A proposal for Korean language—1894- was approved on this list, largely because the time period was already provided for in the classification schedules. However, the proposal for the period 1910-1945 presented no research indicating that the Korean language underwent major changes in 1910 and 1945. Instead, the dates in the proposal reflect the political situation of Korea. The proposal may be resubmitted with evidence that 1910 and 1945 were watershed years in the history of the Korean language.

Motorboat racing

Powerboats is a UF under Motorboats and is therefore the proposed UF is not necessary in this derivative heading.

Racially mixed college students

To date, only headings in the form Racially mixed [gender group] and Racially mixed [age group] have been included in LCSH. The meeting does not wish to expand the practice into educational levels. The work being cataloged has been assigned the heading Racially mixed youth—Education (Higher)—New Hampshire—Hanover and a heading for the name of the university, which is sufficient. The proposal was not approved.

Selje (Norway)

This proposal was made to cancel the LC subject heading in favor of an identical name heading. The name heading refers to the populated place, while the subject heading refers to an island of the same name. The subject heading will be revised to Selje Island (Norway) to resolve the conflict. The proposal was not approved.           

Turbah al-Kīlānīyah (Jerusalem)

Tombs and mausoleums of an individual person are entered under [personal name heading]—Tomb (see H 1110). The proposal was not approved.          

Whyville (Game)

Whyville is not a game, but a web site that contains games. It should be established as a title in the name authority file. The proposal was not approved.

GENRE/FORM TERMS

Organization of American States resolutions; United Nations resolutions

The meeting does not wish to begin a pattern of qualifying terms for legal forms by the names of corporate bodies. Instead, it suggests that the UFs for legislative resolutions could be removed from the term Legislative materials and a term in the form Resolutions (Law materials) be proposed in its place. The proposals were not approved.