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September 19, 2016

PSD policy specialist responsible for this list: E. Dechman



The classification proposal may be resubmitted with a revised subject proposal.  See below under Genealogy and historiography.


New Hampshire is already in the schedule at E726.N3.  The proposal to add Nebraska will be changed from E726.N3 to E726.N27 to avoid a conflict and preserve alphabetical order.  The proposal to add New Hampshire was not necessary.


This institution is not a university; it is a school of architecture and design.  Institutions limited to education in a special field should be classed with the field (see the instruction above LE3 in the schedule).  The work being cataloged should be classed at NA2310.I8+.  The proposal was not approved.


The classification proposal may be resubmitted with a revised subject proposal.  See below under Danaids (Greek mythology) in literature.


The bib record is cataloged as Italians in literature and classed at PA3015.I83.  The cataloger should decide whether the number in the proposal or the number in the bib record is the one that is wanted, and make the bib match whatever is actually proposed. 

When policy specialists are vetting proposals, the bib record is compared to the proposal, so, it is important that the classification numbers and subject headings accurately reflect the subject matter of the resource.  It is equally important that the proposal matches the class number or the heading on the bib.


The classification proposal may be resubmitted with a revised subject proposal.  See below under Transparency in literature.


The work seems to be fairly equally about Turin in art and Turin in literature. The NX schedule should be applied when the work being catalog deals with two or more of the fine arts media, i.e. literature, performing arts (dance, motion pictures, music, opera, theater) or the visual arts.  This work should class in NX653.A-Z. The proposal may be resubmitted.


The classification proposal may be resubmitted with a revised subject proposal.  See below under Proverbs, Friulian.


The proposed number is for special topics in Italian literature through all time.  The number that should be used is for special topics in 20th century Italian literature, PQ4088. The proposal was not approved.




Citing page numbers in sources

Catalogers are reminded that when citing information from a specific page, or pages, in the source, the page number(s) should be noted in the citation.  This is especially true if the information is quoted.  (See full instructions for source citations in SHM H 203.)  Some citations to page numbers may be omitted.  If the source is an unpaged galley, a chapter heading (or the like) may be substituted. When a source is arranged in dictionary style, the page number need not be cited.  When a cataloger is providing a general summary of the content of the resource, a page number is not necessary. However, any quotation from a source not covered by the exceptions in H 203 should have a full source citation including a page number.

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

H 1147, Animals

$x Disease resistance (May Subd Geog)

H 1180, Plants and Crops

$x Effect of sediments on2 (May Subd Geog)

Other decisions:

Bolivian departments—Politics and government

The information provided in the work cat citation did not identify Bolivia as the country.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Cedarmere (Roslyn Harbor, N.Y.)

The 670s indicate that this dwelling is in Nassau County, not the town of Roslyn Harbor.  The cataloger should either correct the 670s or remove the local place name from the qualifier in the proposed heading.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Central American literature—Indian authors

There is no information in the 670s to indicate the language of the literature.  If it is written in Spanish or several of the languages of Latin America, the proposed heading is appropriate.  If the literature is in various Indian languages, then Indian literature—Central America should be assigned instead.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Children’s poetry, Indonesian

The information in the 670 does not identify Indonesian as the language of the poetry.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Chinese laundries

The proposal includes a lot of usage-in-title for the phrase, but does not indicate how Chinese laundries are inherently different in function from any other type of commercial laundry.  Assuming that the only difference is that they were owned by Chinese nationals, the correct headings to assign would be Laundries—[place] and Chinese business enterprises (which would have to be proposed).  If the laundries are owned by Chinese Americans, Chinese American laundries could be proposed.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Danaids (Greek mythology) in literature

The justification for this heading, which should have been provided in the 670, was included in the record in a 952 note.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Diplomats’ writings, English; Diplomats’ writings, Malaysian (English)

The work cat, according to the 670s, is reminiscences of Malaysian diplomats who worked abroad. That is not literary, and therefore should not be cataloged with the proposed heading.  Diplomatic and consular service, Malaysian and Diplomats—[place] should be used instead (paired if desired to bring out the place of origination and the place where stationed), along with [place]—Description and travel if appropriate. These proposals were resubmitted from List 1606, but after further review the meeting has decided that the proposals were not necessary.

Don Quixote (Fictitious character) in bookplates

This is the only “[fictitious character, deity, etc.] in bookplates” heading in LCSH.  The meeting does not feel that it is necessary to make the subdivision –In bookplates free-floating because the would-be subdivision was needed once in the past hundred years.  The existing heading should be replaced by Don Quixote (Fictitious character)—In bookplates, which should be individually established.   The cancellation proposal may be resubmitted along with a proposal for Don Quixote (Fictitious character)—In bookplates.

Donetsk International Airport, Battle of, Ukraine, 2014-2015

The proposal provides no information supporting the conventional English form of the name in the heading.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Ethiopia—History—1974-1991; Ethiopia—History—1991-

The existing heading Ethiopia—History—1974- has been used 53 times in LC’s catalog, and yet no BFM was submitted.  Each bibliographic record will have to be examined to determine which one of the proposed new headings, or both, should be assigned.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Experimental fiction, Norwegian

The work being cataloged is a novel, to which form headings are not assigned.  If the cataloger wishes to use a form heading, he/she should assign the appropriate term from LCGFT. Alternately, if the library has not yet adopted LCGFT, the unqualified LC subject heading Experimental fiction may be assigned.  (See SHM H 1790.)  The proposal was not necessary.

Farāmarz (Legendary character)

Three years ago, a revision of RDA made it possible to establish all headings for individual legendary and fictitious characters in the name authority file.  Since then, all individual legendary characters, including this one, should be established as names.  The proposal was not approved.

Geotechnical engineers

The term “geotechnical engineers” is a UF on the existing heading Engineering geologists.  The proposal was not approved. 

Genealogy and historiography

Genealogy is a branch of history, therefore, it is a given that genealogy has an effect on historiography and historiography has an effect on genealogy.  The only information provided is the English parallel title, “Genealogies in history,” which could mean anything.  Despite the parallel title, there is no English text in the work cat, so the meeting cannot make a recommendation on more appropriate headings.  One could guess that the work cat is about using genealogies as historical source material, and Genealogy could be post-coordinated with History—Sources.  The proposal may be resubmitted if desired.

Immigrant college teachers

There are clear problems with the UFs and BTs (all of the UFs are inappropriate, and so is the BT Immigrants), but there is a bigger problem: the 670s conflate immigrant teachers with foreign teachers.  LCSH already includes College teachers, Foreign.  If the “foreign born” teachers in the titles really do intend to immigrate, or have immigrated, the 670s should make that clear. Otherwise, College teachers, Foreign should be assigned.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Jewish authors, Iraqi; Jewish novelists, Iraqi; Jewish novelists, Oriental

The only existing class of persons heading in LCSH that includes both the qualifier “Jewish” and a nationality grouping is Jewish authors, Oriental.  There are no analogous class of persons headings for other religious or ethnic groups, because geographic subdivision is ordinarily used to bring out the place of a class of persons.

Instead of perpetuating the precedent of Jewish authors, Oriental, the meeting decided to change the heading Jews, Oriental to Mizrahim. Use of the term Mizrahim is consistent with the form of the existing headings Ashkenazim, Hasidim, and Sephardim. It follows that Jewish authors, Oriental was therefore revised to Mizrahi authors.  The proposal for Jewish novelists, Oriental, was likewise revised to Mizrahi novelists.

The meeting further determined that it does not wish to establish phrase headings that incorporate a religion and an ethnic or national adjective with the class of persons “authors.” Such headings would be too narrowly focused for a general vocabulary such as LCSH.

The headings Mizrahi authors and Mizrahi novelists may be subdivided geographically to bring out the current location of the authors or their place of origin. The proposals for Jewish authors, Iraqi and Jewish novelists, Iraqi were not approved.

Organic foods; Natural foods

The cataloger should consider how the new heading and the changes to the existing heading, Natural foods, will affect other existing headings, including: Organic wine; Organic beer; Organic farming; Natural beef; Natural foods industry. The proposal may be resubmitted along with proposals to change these (and possibly other) existing headings as needed.

Plants—Cultures and culture media

The meeting decided that the existing heading Plant growing media is too close in meaning to the heading being proposed to justify an additional heading.  Therefore, the UF Plants—Cultures and culture media will be added to Plant growing media.  The proposal was not approved.

Ploshchadʹ Iskusstv (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

There are several previous names given in the 670s, which have not been provided as UFs. Also, there should be UFs from each significant word in the proposed headings and the natural-language UFs.  (See SHM H 373 sec. 2.)  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Proverbs, Friulian

The cataloger did not provide supporting information in English. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Returned missionaries (Mormon Church)

As a new concept in LCSH, a definition of the term “returned missionaries” should be provided, along with information about how the term would be different from the usual LCSH formulation “Ex-missionaries.”  Also, the qualifier in the proposed heading implies that the class of persons is unique to Mormonism; yet many, if not most, religions send out missionaries, and those missionaries return; so an unqualified heading with BT Missionaries would be preferable.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Second-born children in literature

The cataloger should provide information in English in support of the heading being proposed.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Ships in motion pictures

The information given in the 952, which was taken from the source, should be in the 670. There is no need to create a separate 952 field to record information taken from the work being cataloged or any other source cited.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Standon Manor (Standon, Hertfordshire, England)

Manors cannot be used as a BT, and there is not enough information provided in the record to allow the necessary editorial correction.  If there are extensive grounds, then the instructions in H 1572 should be followed with regard to the tag and the BTs.   If not, the tag is correct, and the BT should be Dwellings.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

STEM (Education); STEAM (Education)

The meeting realizes that “STEM” is a term in current use. However, the benefits of approving the proposals are outweighed by the problems created by the creation of overlapping headings. (A proposal for STEM occupations was not approved on List 1408 for the same reason.)  The proposals were not approved.

Pa’o language; Pa’o (Southeast Asian people)

The cataloger cited an exchange with a scholar of Burma, but put it in a 952. That scholar and his/her affiliation should be named, and the information should be given in a 670. The proposals may be resubmitted.

Television plays, Catalan

The proposal should have included information in English about the work being cataloged. The proposal may be resubmitted.


If this proposal was submitted in order to authorize the subdivision –Dropouts to be used under the Diseases pattern, a proposal for Cancer—Treatment—Dropouts, which would be the pattern heading, should be submitted.  (See H 1150 for complete instructions.)  Also, inverted references should be provided for “attrition” in the UFs provided.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Tolima (Colombia : Department)—Politics and government—1832-1886

The subdivision –Politics and government—19th century, should be used instead, per H 1942 sec. 2.b.  The proposal was not approved.

Transparency in literature

From the information provided, it is unclear whether the work discusses transparency from a literal (optical) sense, which would be the meaning of this heading, or whether it is discussing transparency as a metaphor.  Also, the information provided in the 952, which is from the work cat, should be included in the 670 instead.  The proposal may be resubmitted.

Trengwainton Garden (Cornwall, England)

Cornwall is a county, so it should not be in the qualifier. The 670 indicates that the garden in is the town of Madron, which is not established – and should be the qualifier. The proposal may be resubmitted.

Women authors, Turkmen

The proposal should include information in English to justify the qualifier.  The proposal may be resubmitted.


Church historians

The information from the work cat indicates that the author is a medievalist, and provides a few titles in which he wrote about church history.  The fact that the author wrote about church history does not automatically make him a self-defined church historian. The term Medievalists should be assigned instead.  The proposal was not necessary.