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.
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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.

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


Alcohol trafficking

Home and Bart brewing their own alcohol on The Simpsons
You’re out there somewhere, Beer Baron and I’ll find you.

 

Buccal swabs

Image of a cheek swab
Did anyone else look at their own cells this way in middle school?

 

Clumsiness in literature

like-a-real-life-heroine.jpg

Dentistry–Religious aspects

dental_1024x768
Why couldn’t Jesus have made our teeth perfect so we didn’t need check ups in the first place?

 

Haunted museums

Image of British museum
At night the ghosts of all the people whose artifacts they looted moan, ‘repaaaaaaatriaaaaate’

 

Homestay

Ad that reads '9 Hella Rad Homestay programs for High School Students'
How do you do fellow kids?

 

Iron castings

Still from Iron Man 1 showing Tony pulling the mask from the forge
They don’t show this part in the movie but you assume he made a casting before the finished project

 

Islamophobia in literature

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Nothing says “My book is Islamophobic” like a blurb from Coulter

 

Painting–Equipment and supplies

Cat painting with its paws on a wall
1. Paws 2. Paint

 

Road loads

NASA crawler-transporter
At 2,700 tons, i’m thinking it probably can’t go over many bridges

 

Rock music in literature

Still from Ready Player One where Lena Waithe is wearing a Rush shirt
The only Rush reference in the movie, but in the book — playing the entirety of 2112 correctly is a major part of the 3rd act

 

White matter

x-ray labeled with White Matter and Gray Matter
I bet I could’ve correctly identified this cross section, and I’m not even a doctor!

 

X-files fiction

Scully reading Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space' on the X-Files
Scully’s skeptical, maybe a visit from Alex Trebek would convince her.

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


Basic input-output systems

diagram of human mouth
insert food, receive diatribes

 

Cell phone systems–Antennas

nonsense fear-mongering about cell phone anttenas
ENERGY INCIDENT ON HEAD!!!

 

Chain-stitch

a stitched chain chomp
so what do these guys look like without the chain? Just a big head?

 

Commemorative boxes

replica of the box the Ark was kept in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Commemorate the time all those nazis died with this replica

 

Community cookbooks

Community (NBC tv show) cookbook
It’s like 90% Shirley. Thanks to Anna for the ‘shop

 

Corporate culture on television

Still from Silicon Valley where Gavin Belson mocks a bulldog
Consider the bulldog

 

Crowdsourcing

Promotional still for Wisdom of the Crowd
Sorry Jeremy, your mediocrity will have to find another home

 

Flaying (Torture)

still from Passion of the Christ
Not depicted: flaying of white Jesus

 

Glass dance

Greek man dancing with glasses on his head
The other most dangerous game

 

Goddesses in mass media

Comic depicting many goddesses from diff cultures creating Themyscira
Creating Themyscira was a collaborative effort!

 

Nature-inspired algorithms

Racist twitter bot
Here’s the problem tho, human nature is bad

 

Quidditch (Game)

logo for Emerson College's Quidditch team
I used to work at Emerson–their Quidditch team was great!

 

Right to democracy

Picture from Women's March, 2017
Abolish the electoral college.

 

Sultans–Dwellings

Sultan's palace from Aladdin
Someday, Abu, things are gonna change. We’ll be rich, live in a palace, and never have any problems at all.

 

Threats in language

Twin Peaks (Wash. : Imaginary place)

Dale Cooper giving thumbs up
Diane, if you ever get up this way, that cherry pie is worth a stop.

 

Windborne debris

Gif from twister where Helen Hunt says 'another cow'
Helen knows why we’re here.

 

Wit and humor in social media

image that says 'The worst part about Twitter being down is not being able to tweet mediocre jokes about Twitter being down'
Basically.

New LCSH!

cover of Magic School bus inside the human body

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.

Onto the headings!


Body size in art

picture of Slender Man
he’s so slender!

 

Clitoris in literature

Sex instruction book called
Samantha Spade is on the case.

 

Computer fiction

The-Cosmic-Computer
I think I’d try to aim for the HAL spot on its face.

 

Dictators as authors

cover art for 'Crippled America' allegedly by Donald J. Trump
I know, I know it’s not totally accurate for this heading. There’s no way he wrote it.

 

Ethnic food

several kinds of hummus
yes

 

Ghosts in popular culture

Library-ghost from Ghostbusters
The fate of all librarians is to haunt their last library of employment

 

Hand-to-hand fighting in motion pictures

Neo fighting Agent Smith in the Matrix 3
Some of these fights have not aged well

 

Kibosh (The English word)

a brand of pipe repair clamp called Kibosh
Kibosh (The English pipe clamp)

 

Singularities (Artificial intelligence)

parody of creation of Adam but with a robot hand
If our future robot overlords don’t like Michelangelo…they’re going to be very disappointed by the number of riffs on this

 

Stomach in literature

cover of Magic School bus inside the human body
We didn’t go inside the human body at my old school!

 

Three-dimensional pens

regular-ass bic pen
C’mon LCSH — ALL PENS ARE THREE DIMENSIONAL

 

Twitterbots

russian twitter trolls
“Hillary killed Seth Rich”

 

Water-skiers

water skier April Coble-Eller
I have never successfully water-skied. I *have* successfully been dragged by a boat tho

#LISmentalHealth2018

I started a new job in a new city in August 2017. My partner and I packed up our lives and moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Culpeper, Virginia on the assumption, expectation, and hope that this would be a step up for me career-wise.

During the first week of our arrival, in the first few days of starting the new position I had a breakdown. My skin was clammy, my thoughts were racing, I felt lightheaded and weak. I had trouble breathing and couldn’t focus. I’ve been in treatment of one kind or another since 2005 and had never had a panic attack.

I felt deep fear that this move had been a mistake, that I shouldn’t’ve come here and brought my partner along either. That the job wasn’t what I wanted, wasn’t a good fit, that the town wasn’t a good fit, that we weren’t a good fit for it. I was afraid that there was no way to go back without humiliating myself, that I couldn’t undo the terrible mistake I’d made.

I couldn’t imagine staying and doing the work, and I couldn’t imagine going home either. I felt trapped in my own choices.

My therapist of course was back in Boston, he had recommendations for me but all of them were in Washington, D.C. None of them easy to get to for me.

I went to a walk-in clinic and managed to get 30 doses of a PRN for anxiety, paying out of pocket because I wasn’t yet covered by my new insurance.

Time passed. I hung on, and it passed. I’m still not 100% sure that I made the right choice. I am still plagued by fears and doubts of my future and my choices. I’m not acutely or actively symptomatic, but there was a moment where I was afraid I would have a relapse of dangerous self-destructive behavior.

If you’re feeling alone in questioning your circumstances, a job you’ve taken, changes you’ve undergone and it’s overwhelming and it’s scary and you feel out-of-control and wild and your thoughts are racing. You’re not alone.

I’m here with you.

 

 

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 canceled LCSH in favor of NARs]

  • Paranormal television shows [LCGFT term]
  • Gray, Dorian (Fictitious character)
  • Mason, Perry (Fictitious character)

And now, onto the headings!


African American women Olympic athletes

Simon Biles with a ton of medals
Champion.

Crabs, Dressing of

A crab wearing a top hat and holding a cane
Get you get a monocole on an eye stalk?

Depressed persons in art

Big monster lurking over guy's shoulder
Your depression may vary.

Fake news

cartoon of a newspaper kiosk that has two sections 'Fiction' and 'Non-fiction'
I guess I’ll say this for the admin, they’re inspiring more LCSH than the previous

Gender-nonconforming people

Three cheers to Violet for this great proposal!

I AM Religious Activity hymns

Comandante Estelar.
I’ve never heard of this religion until this heading popped up. I’m still pretty unclear on its basic tenets.

Jewish women comedians

Julie Goldman
Emerson Alum! [I used to work there]

Multiverse

multiverse theory depicted as many spheres near each other
Yeah reality is prolly just infinite spheres

Nanteos Cup

Nanteos cup
Could this be the holy grail? If I know anything, it won’t be ornate so…maybe.

Puddles

Sentient puddle from Doctor Who
Anyone else confused on how the sentient puddle was able to travel through time and space without a ship?

Selfies (Photography)

Monkey selfie
same

Singers’ spouses

Geddy Lee and his wife Nancy Young
A young Nancy Young!

Soccer in popular culture

Still from She's the Man
Amanda Bynes is hilarious in this, I wish her the best

Trespass in literature

Peter Rabbit eating carrots
It’s the ill-gotten vegetables that taste best

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.”


Interesting to note this month is that software frameworks, application programming interfaces, etc. have been canceled from LCSH and moved to the NAF. You may want to check your catalog.

And now, onto the headings!


Bowling Green (New York, N.Y.)

#NeverForget

Chandler automobile

Could I *be* any more in a car?

Clubhouses–Decoration

You might be surprised how many clubhouse decorations are just riffs on this one idea

Composers as authors

Stick to music, Richie

Flatbreads

This grilled mushroom flatbread looks LEGIT

IFLA Library Reference Model

Res Per Nomen FIVE

Inhumans (Fictitious characters)

I’m surprised that show had such trouble rendering her hair…

International Symbol of Access

I didn’t know that was its name!

Meteorology and architecture

I reckon you gotta build your lighthouses to survive storms

Music by black composers

Nineteen sixteen, A.D.

Completed in 1916, I think we can all agree that Pluto’s reclassification is Holst’s gain

Objectification (Social psychology)

So did Catherine just stay a trophy FOREVER?!

Post-traumatic stress disorder in motion pictures

Who says those Marvel movies don’t explore serious topics?

PRS guitar

I bet he’s about to start playing Broon’s Bane

Religious art

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins became a play?! I need to get tickets!

Science fiction in music

Two Rush refs in one post!

Sponge trade

Okay, I’ll trade 3 medium yellow ones for…1 large yellow one

Thereminists

167 theremin players + matryoshka dolls?!

Toys in mass media

I just really respect Brad Dourif’s commitment to this franchise

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 canceled LCSH in favor of NARs]

  • Furries
  • Morgan, Dexter (Fictitious character)

African American women basketball players

Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie was the first WNBA player to dunk in a game [July 30, 2002)

African American women on television

Molly and Issa may not know what they’re doing, Tiff may be lost up her own ass — but Kelli is LIVING HER BEST LIFE

 

Augmented reality art

“Now people spend even more time on their phones in art museums”–A bunch of think pieces, probably

 

Baseball for people with visual disabilities

Beep baseball! Check it out if you haven’t heard of it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Beep_Baseball_Association

 

Bratz dolls

I would not have expected for this to exist but here we are.

 

Diabetic children

Good matching of juice-box colors to uniform

 

Dolls–Law and legislation

Do not spy on your children! Or do w/e i dunno, i’m not a parent.

 

Envy in art

If it wasn’t for School of Rock, this wouldn’t’ve gotten a theatrical release! I’m not sure that’s a net gain for us.

 

Floating cities

Oh cool, what a super reasonable place to build a city

 

Gems–Symbolic aspects

I’ve really fallen behind, I barely know half of these…

 

Historic towers

a beautiful rendering of Can’-Ka No Rey if it do ya fine

 

Home on television

Even I think this is a stupid joke

 

Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį (Ice mummy)

Here’s one of his tools, I know he wasn’t always an ice mummy, but the qualifier kinda makes it sound like he was.

 

Mirrors in motion pictures

I still don’t really understand what was happening in this scene

 

Phrenology in art

Good idea, Huey, Dewey, or Louie!

 

Protest camps

Do not rehabilitate this man’s legacy

 

Sex role in architecture

Nailed it.

 

Skating–Songs and music

[Yes, they’re skating to Closer to the Heart by Rush]

Storms in music

Translating and interpreting in literature

245 $a To serve man. Don’t check the 655…