Here's a twofer: highlights from the SACO editorial meeting and new LCSH from February 2013.
[SACOLIST] Summary of Decisions, Editorial Meeting 13/02, February 19, 2013 2ND REVISION
Presented to you without comment (except for this one), but I bet you can guess that only one of these decisions makes sense to me:
Indian place names (from List 1, 2013)
List 1 included proposals to revise subject headings in which Bombay, Calcutta, or Madras, India, appeared as a qualifier. The proposals were prompted by a revision to the name authority file, which has been updated to include headings for the current names for those cities: Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai, respectively. According to H 708, Linear Jurisdictional Changes in Name Authority Records, the latest name should be used for subject cataloging purposes.
Access to higher education
The phrase "access to higher education" may mean many things, including but not limited to: the financial cost (tuition, fees, etc.); admissions requirements; equal opportunity with regard to race, gender, etc.; and barrier-free access for people with disabilities. The work should be assigned the headings appropriate for the specific type of access being discussed (e.g., Education, Higher—Finance; Universities and colleges—Admission; Barrier-free design for students with disabilities, etc.). The proposal was not approved.
Cyberbullying—Law and legislation
Cyberbullying is in the Crime hierarchy and this therefore considered inherently legal, making the subdivision –Law and legislation redundant. The proposal was not necessary.
The Lower East Side Librarian Library of Congress Subject Headings of the month for Month 2, February, 18 2013 are:
150 Bob (Cat) [Not Subd Geog] [sp2012004541](C)
550 BT Cats
Warrant: A Street Cat Named Bob
150 Boo (Dog) [Not Subd Geog] [sp2012004443](C)
550 BT Dogs
Per the 670 field (Found in) "Wikipedia, Nov. 14, 2012 (Boo (dog). Boo, described as 'The World’s Cutest Dog' is a Pomeranian that became an Internet sensation. Known for his short haircut, he has a popular Facebook page and is the subject of two photo books)"
150 Childbirth in mass media [Not Subd Geog] [sp2012004468](C)
550 BT Mass media
Now how about Childbirth in zines?
150 Dance and race [May Subd Geog] [sp2012004387](C)
450 UF Race and dance
550 BT Race
The warrant looks neat American allegory : Lindy hop and the racial imagination
150 End of the world (Astronomy) [sp 85043039 ]
551 BT Earth DELETE FIELD
551 BT Earth (Planet) ADD FIELD
This isn't a new heading, what's new is identifying Earth as a planet, which I suppose is also about distinguishing Earth from earth. In case you're curious, as I was, LC currently has End of the world (Astronomy) assigned to about 30 items.
150 Female-to-male transsexuals [May Subd Geog] [sp2002011161](C)
450 UF Transsexual males ADD FIELD
150 Male-to-female transsexuals [May Subd Geog] [sp2006002132](C)
450 UF Transsexual women ADD FIELD
450 UF Trans-women ADD FIELD
Good adds—thanks, presumably to Adam Schiff, since WaU is listed as the last modifying agency in the 040 field.
150 Hispanic American professional employees [May Subd Geog] [sp2012004461](C)
450 UF Professional employees, Hispanic American
550 BT Professional employees--United States
In case you were like "what's a professional employee" –which makes my mind spin with the idea that your job is having a job, the scope note:
Search also subdivision Professional staff
under individual educational institutions and under types of educational institutions, e.g. Harvard University--Professional staff; Universities and colleges--Professional staff
150 Sex machines [May Subd Geog] [sp2012004304](C)
550 BT Machinery
550 BT Sex toys
I recently learned that women using giant exercise balls as chairs only have them so they can "rub one out" at work. Who knew?
Image snatched from Wellsphere
150 Sex toys [May Subd Geog] [sp2006001007](C)
450 UF Aids, Marital (Sex toys) ADD FIELD
450 UF Devices, Erotic (Sex toys) ADD FIELD
450 UF Devices, Sexual ADD FIELD
450 UF Erotic devices (Sex toys) ADD FIELD
450 UF Marital aids (Sex toys) ADD FIELD
450 UF Sex tools (Sex toys) ADD FIELD
450 UF Sexual devices ADD FIELD
450 UF Tools, Sex (Sex toys) ADD FIELD
550 BT Toys ADD FIELD
The last is my favorite—Broader Term Toys!
150 Sloths as pets [May Subd Geog] [sp2012004775](A)
550 BT Pets
CC licensed photo by exfordy