Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer – S01, E06-07

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

S01, E06 – The Pack

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

The pack — another Xander episode and featuring a sexual assault attempt that gets kinda washed over.

First up, I appreciate this dedication to the detail that Xander is still working on trig. Astute viewers will remember that he was borrowing a trig book from the library in the pilot — continuity!

Xander: It's like a big blur, all these numbers and angles.
Not that he’s actually doing much better with it…

 

Later when Buffy and Willow have noticed that Xander is being Hyena-ish, Buffy has an idea where to turn for help:

Buffy: Gonna talk to the expert on weird.
BRB changing my business card

 

Giles makes a couple flippant jokes and leads to this exchange:

Buffy: get your books

Buffy: look stuff up

Giles: look under what?

Buffy: i don't know. that's your department

No, that’s my department!

I recommend [much like the mantis from last week’s post] QL737.C24 [Zoology—Chordates. Vertebrates—Mammals—Systematic divisions. By order and family, A-Z—Carnivora—Hyaenidae (Hyenas)], and the requisite folklore area:

GR730.H9 [Folklore—By subject—Nature—Animals, plants, and minerals—Animals. Animal lore—Special kinds of animals—Other mammals, A-Z] into the mix too. Do note that I made that cutter up though, I guess not enough works have been cataloged about hyenas in folklore yet!

Some good DDC spots to check will be: scientific works: 599.743 [Science–Natural history of plants and animals–Animals (Zoology)–Specific taxonomic groups of animals–Mammalia–Eutheria–Carnivora–Fissipedia–Feloidea–Hyaenidae] or folkloric works: 398.3699743 [Social sciences–Customs, etiquette & fokllore–Folklore–History and criticism of specific subjects of folklore–Real phenomena as subjects of folklore–Animals–Hyaenidae]

Okay so once everyone’s clear on what’s going with re: hyena possession, Xander gets locked in the this cage in the library.

The_Pack1815
Oh no, Hyena Xander can’t handle book return!

Let’s talk about this cage for a minute. Lots of libraries have special collections or other areas that have restricted access, but this is some intense security for a high school library!

It also has a bookdrop which is the weirdest part to me, because it’s not the exterior of the library! In order to access this bookdrop you’d already have to be in the library in the first place, which though that makes sense at the circulation desk bookdrops doesn’t make seem needed for a special collections cage.

We also have seen the front door of the library and there’s no bookdrop on there! So to sum up, the only bookdrop we’ve seen in the Sunnydale library requires the library to be open to access it and there’s not even one of those bins to catch the books. They just have to plummet 4 feet to the ground. Not great. Somebody call Demco.

Xander tries to grab Willow through the book drop
Oh, also they can try to grab you through the bookdrop, so watch out for that

Anyway. Wouldn’t you know it, the other hyena-posessed students come to rescue Xander and make quick work of the cage.

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Okay, so maybe it wasn’t great security after all. In Sunnydale you’re going to want a library cage that can stand up to your average hyena rampage.


S01, E07 – Angel

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

A major episode! Season one is a little light in places, as many Seasons 1 are — but the biggest jam is finding out that Angel, mysterious and cryptic Angel, is a vampire.

Angel reveals his vamp-face
Um, spoiler alert

Okay before we get there though, Buffy is attacked by a pack of vampires later identified by Giles as The Three, and with Angel’s help, fights them off. Willow wants to know how Giles always seems to know about the vampires and monsters that have proper-noun status.

He’s got a good response ready:

 

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Hence the “i’m tired” mug

Quick point though — The Master lets Darla kill The Three for their failure which seems like a real misstep to me. Even if they didn’t succeed in killing Buffy the first time out, they might have better luck the second time? or the third? Killing them will never get Buffy for you, so way to come between yourself and your own goals, The Master.

Giles decides it’s time for weapons training [which naturally is done in the library] so we get a quick sign insert:

sign: library closed for filing, please come back tomorrow

No one seems upset by this or gets put out by it, but throughout the episode Buffy is studying for some pretty big tests, maybe midterms? If I were one of those non-scooby Sunnydale students, I’d be pretty miffed if the library suddenly closed during midterms.

So Giles and Buffy get down to that weapon’s training and LOOK where they get the weapons from!

Giles and Buffy in front of the library cage
Wha?!

It’s fixed! When did they fix it? The banker boxes are still in there but there’s suddenly a very large weapons closet that I assume that Giles doesn’t usually keep in there. Because otherwise holding Xander [and future baddies] in there is a REAL bad move. So I wonder where he normally stores the weapons?

In a very sitcommy misunderstanding, Darla bites Joyce Summers and Buffy thinks Angel did it. The gang rushes to the hospital to comfort Buffy and see Joyce which leads to this exchange:

Buffy: No mom, this is Giles

Joyce: the librarian from your school

Joyce: what's he doing here?
a QUITE reasonable question Joyce!

Remember all you school librarians out there. Even if one of your students is The Chosen One, with a Great and Important Destiny. Probably should try to act like you’re not taking too keen an interest in her personal life.

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Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer – S01, E04-05

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

S01, E04 – Teacher’s Pet

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

So the new science teacher is a giant praying mantis. She gets a vague-ish name of “She-Mantis” a “Kleptes-Virgo” but there isn’t much more explanation other than “she’s a giant praying mantis”. Despite the cliff hanger ending, we never see her species again. [If you’ve read the comics lemme know if any more giant praying mantises show up!]

So naturally at some point Buffy will need to do some research to defeat this MOTW.

Buffy grimaces while asking
Buffy’s face is also mine contemplating a bug book

This is mostly a gag line, so Giles doesn’t say anything — but I will!

General works on mantises will be found at QL505.83 [Zoology—Invertebrates—Arthropoda—Insects—Mantodea (Mantids)—General works, treatises, and textbooks], but remember, Giles’ colleague also knew of her back in England, so you may also want to check:
QL505.865.A3-Z [Zoology—Invertebrates—Arthropoda—Insects—Mantodea (Mantids)—Geographical distribution—Europe—By region, country, or island, A-Z], and don’t forget to cutter for England!

Let’s add GR752.A-Z [Folklore—By subject—Nature—Animals, plants, and minerals—Animals. Animal lore—Special kinds of animals—Insects—Other insects, A-Z] into the mix too [cutter for ‘mantis’] because folklore works on mantises might be just the thing for this particular beastie.

Some good DDC spots to check will be: scientific works: 595.727 [Science–Natural history of plants and animals–Animals (Zoology)–Specific taxonomic groups of animals–Arthropoda–Insecta–Apterygota; Orthoptera and related orders–Orthoptera and related orders–Mantodea] or folkloric works: 398.3692727 [Social sciences–Customs, etiquette & fokllore–Folklore–History and criticism of specific subjects of folklore–Real phenomena as subjects of folklore–Animals–Mantodea]

So finally, we’re sure it’s a mantis, and Buffy has a plan to take it down — bat sonar! But wherever do we get audio recordings of bat sonar? Buffy can’t just pull up a youtube vid and blast it at the mantis, after all. Never fear, the never before seen and never to be seen again vid library is here!

In the vid library

there are not books but its dark and musty
I can assure you as a Professional Vid Librarian ™ that mustiness is bad for vids, better make a note when they start smelling vinegary, Giles

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Needless to say, the vid library is a smashing success and Giles manages to transfer some audio onto a hand-held tape recorder for Buffy. She ventures off to face the mantis and smashes on that play button:

Giles [through tape]: Extremely important to file

Giles: not simply alphabetically

Womp womp. Sounds like Giles was recording some filing instructions? But for whom? Are there unseen student employees at the Sunnydale High library? Maybe he’s working on a paper and just getting his thoughts in order. And what’s the second half of this? [it gets cut off by Buffy flipping to the other sound which had the bat sounds] Maybe “it’s extremely important to file not simply alphabetically…but also by subject matter” “…but also by mystical rune” “…but also by sexy cover of Behind Blue Eyes”

This, not “hey whatever happened to the egg she left behind” is the REAL unanswered question of the episode.


S01, E05 – Never Kill A Boy On The First Date

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

One thing that makes BtVS so great is that they don’t forget about the Big Bad or the myth-arc or whatever you want to call it. Even in MOTW episodes, they take pains to check in with The Master monologuing in his church, or Angel snarking with Dru and Spike. There are long strings of X-Files MOTW in which the show (and Mulder and Scully) act like there’s no imminent alien invasion or Mulder’s sister wasn’t just replaced by a bee-clone. [Or whatever was going on with her]

Anyway — before we check in with The Master we get a cut that I really like

Giles: Yes, I best consult my books
Giles gonna Giles

Then we slam cut to The Master’s DUSTY-ass book

The Master's dusty-ass book
This would be better as a gif, but i don’t know how to make one from a hulu video

See the show is pretty consistent on knowledge being power. You study, do your research, learn about what you’re going to face, and you’ll succeed. Heck it was the secondary thesis of the previous episode [after, sex is bad] Sure there’s a lot about friendship, practicing fighting technique, being magically strong, etc. but Giles and his book-learning ethic is a constant edge on Buffy’s side.

That’s why I like this cut, The Master reads too! He’s got Buffy’s strength and Giles’ appreciation of old tomes, which makes him a more formidable adversary. Though he really should take better care of a rare book like that. Being kept in his dank church can’t be good, preservation-wise.

Into the library comes boy of the week Owen, and Giles has some real bad customer service:

Giles: What do you want? Owen: A book.
Way to create a life-long library user, Rupert

He’s specifically looking some Emily Dickinson, though doesn’t say which work. Giles unhelpfully waves him:

Giles: Poetry

But I’m here to provide a little more information. In LCC Emily Dickinson’s works can be found at PS1541 and in Dewey at 811.4.

Later, Owen is picking up Buffy for a date and she and Giles need to do a quick play-acting to explain why he’s at her house at night.

Buffy: Yes, but I will return those overdue books by tomorrow

Giles: No, you're not getting off that easily.
Excuse me I need to go write a fic now where Giles is very cross with me that I haven’t returned my books. The phrase ‘No, you’re not getting off that easily’ is sure to come up

This presumably further cements for Owen that librarians are cold and unforgiving and libraries aren’t welcoming places. Not repping us so well, Giles.

Giles rushes off to guard the morgue while Buffy’s on her date. Willow is concerned for Giles’ safety.

Xander: he's going to be all right. He's like Super-Librarian.
Note the hyphen! It’s like Spider-Man not like Superman.

 

Xander: everyone forgets, willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon.
My thesis is proven!

New LCSH!

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

As always — check out the full approved list, and be sure to read through the newest tentative list and to send feedback to LC! Your feedback matters, as PSD says:

“Each Tentative List includes an email address to which comments on the proposals may be submitted. PSD accepts comments from LC and SACO catalogers, other library and archive professionals, lawmakers, and members of the general public. The comment period lasts approximately one month, beginning with the publication of the Tentative List and continuing until the closing date indicated on the list.”


The following are newly approved headings which I proposed or LCSH I canceled in favor of a NAR

  • Card games [LCGFT term]
  • Nim Chimpsky (Chimpanzee) [canceled for NAR]

And now, onto the headings!


Architecture (Personification)

Building that looks like a person
Eventually, an ancient ritual will awake BUILDOR and it will do battle with the evil SKYSCRAPULON

 

Competition (Psychology) in literature

Cover to Babysitter's club little sister #93
The real reveal in the book is that Kristy’s mom’s name used to be Elizabeth Taylor!

 

Deserts–Symbolic aspects

quote from Dark Tower over image of desert
If you think that the Nikolaj Arcel movie was all there is to the Dark Tower, do I have 7 books for you to read!

 

Mandolin music (Ragtime)

You go Amy!!

Marijuana–Therapeutic use–Law and legislation

Official opinion of blog: decriminalize, free the people in prison, waive the convictions, pay them reparations

 

Men, Black

Print money! Black Panther, War Machine, Falcon, Goliath, and Nick Fury team up

 

Nicknames–Religious aspects

Christmas time,ancient figurine of Baby Jesus in traditional farmer clog, on rustic background
If Jesus had a nickname what would it be? And would you call it to his face?

 

Pharmacovigilance

cartoon drawing of a superhero outside a pharmacy
It’s Pharmacovigilance! With the power to take pills from a large bottle and put them into a smaller bottle!

 

Potters in literature

cover of book "Inspector Miromoto and the famous potter"
Twist ending, it wasn’t Harry it was Lily!!

 

Shabbat shirah

Miriam and the women dancing at parting of Red Sea
and the woman dancing with their timbrels, followed Miriam as she sang her song!

 

Suicide Squad (Fictitious characters)

still from Suicide Squad
With no fewer than 20 needle drops and 7 or so origin stories, Suicide Squad is great…if those are things you’re looking for

 

Swindlers and swindling on television

still from Lost of Sawyer
Prolly reading a letter about conning and how it makes him sad now

 

Television programs–Religious aspects

Calvin worshipping a TV
Provides comfort, guidance, and community, seems about right.

 

Terror (The English word)

Terror, the magic card
I used to keep my copy of this card covered with tape because the picture gave me such wiggins!

Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer – S01, E02-03

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

S01, E02 – The Harvest

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

In this ep we get our first look at “Giles doesn’t get computers, and Willow does get computers”

personal space, Giles!!

This will be a long-running trait for both of them until ‘computers’ is replaced by ‘magic’ in terms of Willow-skills. I’m not sure Giles will ever come around to computers though…

Later, Principal Flutie catches the Buffster sneaking off campus for some slayage and the following exchange occurs

But Flutie knows that ‘sending teens to get a book from the store’ is not a sensible collection development policy. So he doesn’t fall for it.

S01, E03 – The Witch

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

Alright so there’s a witch on the loose — how can we find her with library science? Violate patron privacy of course!

No Willow, don’t!

There’s a lot going on in this scene:

  1. Amy didn’t actually end up being the one who borrowed the books, it’s just a gag for showing Xander perving on semi-nude engravings.
  2. Would Giles [who knows magic is real and dangerous] really put spell books into the circulating collection?
  3. Willow next states that Xander *currently* has several witchy books checked out — why not have him earlier in the episode drop some witch knowledge and act smug before the reveal on why he’d really borrowed those books
  4. When Willow later hacks morgue records, Giles makes a big show of “I didn’t see this, I wasn’t here” but when Willow violates patron privacy he doesn’t make a peep!
  5. Most importantly: do not store borrowing history [though that wouldn’t help in this case as he currently has them out] but check with your systems librarian and see if your ILS is storing patron’s history. If you don’t have it, they can’t subpoena it.

Once the Scoobies know that Amy’s the witch and Buffy gets hit by the bloodstone vengeance spell, Giles lays down what the next step is to reverse her magic.

all this being British has given me a headache

So I’m a big believer in the power of books, and I know Giles is too, to an even greater degree. But why do they actually need the book? We’re going to see magic a lot more in coming seasons but this is the only time anyone ever says that you need the specific book that the witch used to cast the spell to undo it.

Do you also need the exact item she used? I mean Giles knows the name of the spell “Bloodstone Vengeance”, surely the counter spell to that shows up in more than one book.

LCGFT Hierarchies

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution.

At ALA Midwinter 2018, in Denver, I attended the Subcommittee on Faceted Vocabularies meeting [as an audience member, I’m not on the committee] which is part of the Subject Analysis Committee.

There, another audience member [guest? attendee?] asked if there was a way to view LCGFT not as a purely alphabetical list of terms but as narrower terms of their hierarchies.

At that time, there was not–but now there is: http://netanelganin.com/projects/lcgft/lcgftType.html

I downloaded every single term, one by one, from the LC linked data site [unfortunately I couldn’t find a way to bulk download LCGFT as MARCXML records], then I added an 072 field [often several] to every single record indicating which hierarchy it belonged to. Add a little XSLT to transform it into a visual display and we’re off to the races! I also added a bit of interesting statistical data, because who doesn’t love that.

Anyway, maybe you’ll find it useful, maybe you won’t but there’s at least one person who wanted it — so there we go!

If you just want the data, here is a link to the raw xml, and here is a link to the XSLT used to transform it.

Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer

The library at Sunnydale High

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

At my new student orientation for Simmons College of Library and Information Sciences, Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan cracked that all library students loved three things: cats, knitting, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At that point (May, 2013) I loved cats, I’d knitted several scarves and hats, and sure enough, I dug Buffy. I didn’t watch it when it was on — I was probably too sexist in 1997 [at the awful age of 13] to be interested in a show with a woman lead.

It was actually a librarian who turned me onto the show years and years after it had aired. While working at libraries, and before I began my MLS [this was 2011] I found myself dating a librarian who loved Buffy, and I was happy to watch it with her and finally suss out what drew people to this show.

I ended up finishing the show on my own, and then watched it again a few years later, this time incorporating Angel into the rewatch.

I’m not ride-or-die, and I’ve found plenty to criticize, e.g. Xander is every terrible thought/impulse I had in my worst Nice Guy(tm) years but never really gets called on it by the show or characters, but I enjoy it enough to want to rewatch it with Anna.

That brings us to now where we’re watching it. I thought it’d be fun to notice the library science moments in the show and scribble about ’em! I’m not doing detailed recaps or analyses, rather I’ll be directing you to Jenny Trout’s blog posts for that — but I may occasionally note something I find particularly…noteworthy.

So, hop aboard! Catch something I missed? Have a comment, question, criticism? Hit me up here or on twitter: @Oponions

Also, special shout out to The Toast and Daniel Mallory Ortberg for this post on Giles’ curriculum.

S01, E01 – Welcome to the Hellmouth

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

Executive producers: Sandy Gallin Gail Berman
Before we finish the opening credits we get our first library shout out! I mean I assume you all read the names diagonally like I do…

 

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Willow lets the audience know early on that the library is going to be an important base for the Scoobies. Her comment ‘where the books live’ is disappointing, apparently we’ve been fighting to be recognized as more than just a book repository for an awfully long time.

Cordy gets on in on the action as well, though this does raise questions about Sunnydale High’s library textbook policies. Are they on two-hour reserve? Can they leave the library room? Does Giles get frustrated every semester because teachers forget to let him know what textbooks they’ll be using and then suddenly get swamped with all their requests?

Pushed by both Cordelia and the plot, Buffy makes her way to the library where it gets a great reveal shot

The library at Sunnydale High
Take a good look! we’ll be spending an awful lot of time here

 

Giles
Noah Wyle, eat your heart out

 

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hey check it out–Xander went to the library and actually got Theories in Trigonometry, just like Will suggested! [Presumably from QA531, or 516.24]

Buffy and Giles have a bunch of expository speeches on both the premise of the show and her backstory, but that’s about it for hot hot library content in the first episode.

New LCSH!

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

As always — check out the full approved list, and be sure to read through the newest tentative list and to send feedback to LC! Your feedback matters, as PSD says:

“Each Tentative List includes an email address to which comments on the proposals may be submitted. PSD accepts comments from LC and SACO catalogers, other library and archive professionals, lawmakers, and members of the general public. The comment period lasts approximately one month, beginning with the publication of the Tentative List and continuing until the closing date indicated on the list.”

This month take note of [and be sure to check your catalog!] the changes to Mental retardation and related headings. The term has been changed to Intellectual disability.

And now, onto the headings!


Bagpipe and harp music

Camp (Style) in music

Mamma Mia 2, now playing in theaters everywhere

 

Centaur objects

Some people object to powerful depictions of awesome ladies

 

Chinese in popular culture

I grew up with a lot of racist Chinese caricatures — Tikki Tikki Tembo, Five Chinese Brothers, etc. I wish i could’ve been watching this show instead

 

Chiptunes

Complaints (Rhetoric) in literature

Spoiler alert: it’s “women”

 

Cultural appropriation

Stop. Just stop. Three cheers to Violet Fox for her cataloging lab making this possible!

 

Doubles in mass media

Color coded for your convenience

 

Endurance art

Art is a broad category

 

Fried chicken

The real shocker is how we went this long without this heading!

 

Gene drives

Pretty specific for an LCSH, but okay

 

Generation Z

Finally! Enjoy being blamed for everything, Gen Z [i’m so sorry]

Hashtags (Metadata)

Just think, we could’ve been saying octothorpe all this time

 

Librarians’ writings, American

Gotta click thru and read the tale!

Moose meat–Contamination

Someone contaminated all my moose meat with chubs!

 

Neoliberalism in popular culture

Check lefty twitter if you don’t believe me

 

Plants in motion pictures

still from The Ruins (2008)
If you have a fear of vines or plants or thorns or w/e, do not watch The Ruins

 

Sexual intercourse on television

Still from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Remember kids, sex is bad, don’t have it!–BtVS

 

Smart cities

I assume in our Smart Cities we’ll find all new Smart ways to hate the poor

 

Train hopping

Still from The Wolverine
I assure you, he hopped just before this Train flying/Train screaming

 

Zombies on television

Still from Game of Thrones depicting an undead
Only the second most obvious example

New LCSH!

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

As always — check out the full approved list


Bee culture–Religious aspects

none of the bar mitzvah kippot i ever got were this cool

Butcher shops

my local butchery growing up!

Butchers (Persons)

So this movie is about an aviator/butcher?

Cooking (Chia)

Back when i was vegan, I used to make what I called Breakfast Pudding every day [2 tblsp chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, one banana, 1/3 cup oatmeal– mix well and refrigerate. Next morning add a bunch of peanut butter and any other toppings you want]

Food in mass media

Imagination food!

Glam metal (Music)

Get yer ears to Winter Rose for some raw unpolished James LaBrie!

Massachusetts Avenue (Mass.)

At 150 Mass Ave, the Berklee Library is where I first realized I wanted to be a cataloger

Mixed media sculpture

this is amaaaaaazing link here: http://www.ellenjewettsculpture.com/

National socialism in opera

How could you have *possibly* thought that a Nazi themed Tannhäuser was a good idea. How.

Suggestions for clarifying the LCSH approval process

This is a guest post by friend of the blog, Violet Fox. It does not necessarily represent the views of Netanel Ganin or any of the institutions with which he is affiliated.


My work with the Cataloging Lab has been designed with the goal to get more library workers invested in the subject vocabulary and classification in use at their libraries, and to feel empowered to make changes in headings that are ineffective, offensive, or missing from the world’s largest library vocabulary. With the understanding that LC has an enormous task in keeping LCSH up-to-date, and inadequate staffing levels to take on its de facto job as the national library, it seems only natural for other library workers to be a part of making sure our vocabulary is responsive to user needs. But at the moment, there are some significant frustrations for people who want to get involved in the proposal process.

The PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) SACO (Subject Authority Cooperative) program was designed so that institutions outside of the Library of Congress could submit proposals for additions and revisions to LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) and LCC (Library of Congress Classification). There are significant barriers to be a part of the SACO program: your institution must be large enough to have adequate staff to participate, as well as having in-house expertise to train new employees. The SACO Funnel program picks up some of these gaps, where catalogers can form cooperative groups called funnels to participate in SACO proposals. Funnels are organized by either subject area or geographic location, but many libraries exist outside the areas covered by funnels.

Those who are a part of SACO can use a convenient web form found within Classification Web to propose changes and additions to LCSH and LCC. Those who are not a part of SACO are not able to use this web form, they are relegated to using a difficult-to-find pdf form.

The current place to find the non-SACO submission form is at https://www.loc.gov/aba/cataloging/subject/weeklylists, which has the title of “Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) Approved Lists” (certainly not an intuitive title to find the document to propose a heading).

Once you find that form, it has the instruction to email your proposal to policy [at] loc.gov.

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But I recently found out that apparently that’s the wrong email address!

In November 2017 I submitted a proposal to policy [at] loc.gov, and it was reviewed and accepted. In early March 2018 I submitted proposals to the same email address, and never received a response. When I followed up on it in early May after not seeing it on the proposed headings lists, I was emailed by LC: “This second attempt at sending the subject proposal was correct in that you included the SACO email account.” (That is, saco [at] loc.gov.) That confusion led to an additional two months of waiting on a proposal, in addition to the regular 6-8 week waiting period for a proposal to be evaluated.

There are a few other problems with the current form. It’s much more difficult to use than the Classification Web proposal form. There are no drop-down menus, so typos and misunderstandings are more likely. I have had to fill out a proposal on a blank Word document several times now because my proposal had more cross-references than the pdf form had available fields to put them in. That can’t be easy for LC staff to read; it’s an added burden to require them to cut and paste from my proposal.

Although the cataloging section of the LC website has fairly recently been updated, it can still be difficult to locate information within the PCC sections, either via browsing or searching. If you resort to a search outside of the site, a Google search for “LCSH proposal form” results in the first result being a link to an entirely different form. This form has broken images and an update date at the bottom that says 2011. Many of the links on that form are broken, which leads me to think it’s not a valid way to submit proposals. I stumbled upon a pdf that said that this form was to be deactivated in 2011, but it’s still online.

I have a few suggestions for LC:

  • Let non-SACO participants use the Classification Web proposal web form. (Classification Web is a subscription product, so that solution excludes those who do not subscribe, but at least more libraries would be able to use the error-reducing web form.)
  • Even better, create a web form that’s not hosted within Classification Web that everyone can use to submit proposals.
  • At the very least, update the pdf form that is available to clarify the submission process (in particular, ensuring the correct email address is on the form and changing references from “non-PCC institutions” to “non-SACO institutions”).
  • Add information to the “FAQ on SACO Subject Heading Proposals” about how non-SACO participants can submit proposals.
  • Ensure that old forms and outdated information on the LC site are taken down, or are redirected to up-to-date information.

I appreciate the work that LC puts into ensuring that LCSH and LCC remain useful and consistent. I especially appreciate the extra transparency that LC has put into the proposal process within the past year, including this very informative breakdown of the process as well as the new SHM instruction sheet H 204, which explains how proposals are evaluated. I hope my suggestions will be taken in the spirit they are given, in the spirit of trying to help LC make LCSH and LCC the best they can be!

New LCSH!

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

As always — check out the full approved list, and be sure to read through the newest tentative list and to send feedback to LC! Your feedback matters, as PSD says:

“Each Tentative List includes an email address to which comments on the proposals may be submitted. PSD accepts comments from LC and SACO catalogers, other library and archive professionals, lawmakers, and members of the general public. The comment period lasts approximately one month, beginning with the publication of the Tentative List and continuing until the closing date indicated on the list.”

And now, onto the headings!


[I have no jokes to make about these, but there were a BUNCH of Turkish roads added to this month’s list, so if you catalog Turkish material, definitely check ’em out]

Academic libraries–Services to commuting college students

We know they only have two physical resources, so I hope there’s e-resources for the commuters

Bass clarinet music (Rock)

Not my specific jam, but maybe it’s yours?

Hypnobirthing

1. Hypnotize yourself into being pregnant
2. Hypnobirthing

Neopagan families

Stonehenge: cool
White dreads: not.

Nonsense literature, Czech

Nonsense! That is no newt!

Paper jewelry

Three things I love!

Patriotism in textbooks

Yes children, Patriotism is lies and is bad.

Peer-to-peer loans

I wonder if he has the suits custom made or alters them himself.

Plug-in electric vehicles

Surprisingly shark heavy post this month

Rock slopes–Stability

Prolly just update that sign everyday depending on stability.