As always — check out the full approved list
I New LCSH, You New LCSH, we all New LCSH for New LCSH
A couple notes before we begin:
This is the first new LCSH with contributions from yours truly! Three of my proposed headings were added to this list:
- Cisgender people
- African American sexual minorities
- Berit (The Hebrew word)
I wrote about proposing Cisgender people way back in August of 2015, I proposed African American sexual minorities in February of 2016 and Berit in March of 2016. I mention this because I wish the SACO process was less opaque and closed-door. Berit was proposed through my work as a member of the Judaica SACO funnel so I get to use the official Class-Web proposal system. This isn’t to say that all proposals entered through that system are bumped to the head of the queue and reviewed in the order they were received. Far from it! I proposed ‘Peace in rabbinical literature’ through that same system in February and it still hasn’t been placed on a tentative list for review.
The other two, because neither is specifically Judaic in nature, I had to propose through the non-SACO system. That is, I used the entry form that anyone can use to propose a subject heading. I received no feedback for either until March when I drew the eye of the very helpful Paul Frank of LC. He was kind enough to push my proposals right onto the May tentative list and then they were approved. But it’s frustrating that so much pestering (I emailed many different contact emails at LC to little avail) is needed!
I understand that the Policy and Standards Division of LC is understaffed and underfunded (write to your congressperson! Fund the Library of Congress!) I do not begrudge them the speed of the work. Yet to submit headings and then have no sense that they’ve been seen or received is disheartening.