Here's a twofer: highlights from the March 2013 SACO editorial meeting and new LCSH from March 2013.
SACOLIST] Summary of Decisions, Editorial Meeting 13/03, March 18, 2013
Subdivisions to be added to lists of free-floating subdivisions:
H 1154, Languages
$v Conversation and phrase books (for beauty operators)
Please—what on earth is "(for beauty operators)" all about?!?
This proposal was made to change the heading to Higgins (Dog), which is the real name of the dog that played the character Benji in the movies. The meeting feels that there should be two headings instead. No change is necessary for the heading Benji (Dog). A new proposal may be submitted for Higgins (Dog). The proposal was not approved.
The real name of the dog that play the character Benji in the movies.
Chinatowns--United States; Little Italies--United States
The proposed headings are topic--geographic combinations that do not need authority records. There are Chinese American and Italian American neighborhoods that have never been, and never will be, called Chinatowns or Little Italies, so the corresponding UFs being proposed are not appropriate. UFs that begin "Ethnic neighborhoods" are not appropriate since Ethnic neighborhoods is the BT of Chinatowns and Little Italies. The proposed UFs that contain the subdivisions "United States (Chinese American)" and "United States (Italian American)" are in $z, but are not valid geographic subdivisions. Finally, the 053s given are for Chinese and Italians as ethnic groups in the U.S., not Chinatowns and Little Italies. The proposals were not approved.
One-person shows (Performing arts)
SHM H 400, Background, states that scope notes serve to limit the scope of a heading, thereby helping readers to determine to what extent it covers the materials that they seek, and it allows catalogers to maintain consistency in the way headings are assigned. For this reason, a "laundry list" of attributes or examples that may or may not be exhaustive is seldom (if ever) a good idea. Additionally, the meeting does not believe that there is any confusion over the meaning of the heading without a scope note. The proposal was not approved.
I love the scare quotes on "laundry list," as well as the parenthetical (if ever) emphasizing that it's seldom a good idea.
The Lower East Side Librarian Library of Congress Subject Headings of the month for Month 3, March, 18 2013 are:
150 Animals as actors [May Subd Geog] [sp2013000725]
450 UF Animal actors
550 BT Actors
550 BT Working animals
680 Here are entered works on the animals that perform in motion pictures, television programs, etc. Works on the depiction of animals in motion pictures are entered under Animals in motion pictures. Works on the depiction of animals on television are entered under Animals on television.
681 Notes under Animals in motion pictures; Animals on television
Good luck, Higgins!
150 Bibimbap [May Subd Geog] [sp2013000246]
450 UF Pibimpap
550 BT Cooking, Korean
550 BT Cooking (Rice)
I'm sharing this one just because I love bibimbap to distraction. In fact, I want some right now.
150 Butch and femme (Lesbian culture) in motion pictures [Not Subd Geog] [sp2013000221] (C)
550 BT Motion pictures
First they resist assigning it, and now it's EVERYWHERE. Warrant: The witch's flight : the cinematic, the Black femme, and the image of common sense by Kara Keeling.
150 Chaotic synchronization [sp2013000180] (C)
450 UF Chaotic behavior in systems
550 BT Synchronization
What does that even mean?!?
Now I know:
150 Colonization in literature [Not Subd Geog] [sp2013000248]
Not to be confused with Colonialism in literature, which is not a thing, at least according to the Library of Congress.
150 Filipino American college students [May Subd Geog] [sp2013000152] (A)
450 UF College students, Filipino American
550 BT College students--United States
I can think of a few zines to apply this to right now. I'd also appreciate Filipino Canadian college students, please.
150 Helicopter occupants [May Subd Geog] [sp2012004351] (C)
450 UF Helicopter passengers
450 UF Occupants, Helicopter
450 UF Passengers, Helicopter
550 BT Aircraft occupants
Really? The warrant is Effect of Noise Spectra and a Listening Task Upon Passenger Annoyance in a Helicopter Interior Noise Environment (available for download).
150 Social media in medicine [May Subd Geog] [sp2012004823] (A)
550 BT Medicine
I don't want to check the warrant and find out this heading wasn't established for Coop live-tweeting from the ER on Nurse Jackie.
150 Wild women in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2013000149] (C)
150 Wild women in literature [Not Subd Geog] [sp2013000150] (C)
155 Anti-war films CANCEL HEADING [gp2011026053]
682 This authority record has been deleted because the heading is covered by the genre/form term War films (gf2011026729).
155 Anti-war television programs CANCEL HEADING [gp2011026054]
682 This authority record has been deleted because the heading is covered by the subject heading War television programs (gf2011026731).
This seems like a bad call. Would someone wanting to view or show an anti-war film or television program know to look for it under war films? And if they did, how would they filter out the films that don't include any critique of the war?