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!


Animated television programs–Japanese influences

now begin debating which Robin it is

 

Career fairs

Yes hello, where is your library booth?

 

Child knitters

so good she already made some arm warmers!

 

Chili con queso

I got *real* hungry looking for pictures of this

 

Comic-book stores

in the years since I stopped watching have they done an episode where he’s an asshole to women patrons?

 

Denialism

climate change, sound economics, just keep going

 

Food fraud

I *like* vegan cooking, but not when it pretends to be meat

 

Ghosts–Religious aspects

This is not what a dybbuk looks like

 

Libraries and authors

I’m not that into this guy’s writing — but the dude does love libraries

 

Monsters in the theater

it’s an AU ALL SHERLOCK FIC

 

Motion pictures for teenage girls

this is a cool movie about the bullshit we put our teen girls thru

 

Pescatarian cooking

I think this still counts as cooking, right?

 

Popular-music archives

Obviously if the Rush archive ever existed…yeah I’d apply

 

Schools–War use

I endorse this message

 

Walkman (Portable media player)

Who says LCSH is behind the curve

 

Women skateboarders

Vanessa Torres doing a skate thing on a skate…thing
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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]

  • ASMR (Intersensory effect)
  • Identical twins
  • Sabbath
    • Added a UF of ‘Shabbat’
  • Coloring books [LCGFT term]

 

And now, onto the headings!


Accordion and computer music

Weird Al holding an Atari advertisement
Close enough

 

Accountants–Certification

Accountants on Parks and Rec playing Cones of Dunshire
The only certification I recognize

 

Appropriation (Architecture)

a crystalline architectural model
if you aren’t Kyrptonian, you shouldn’t live in this

 

Artificial ankle

Hiccup from the movie How to Train Your Dragon
I dunno, is that an ankle?

 

Chalk drawing, English

chalking which reads "chalk is talk"
Are they still doing the chalking ‘debate’ at Wesleyan?

 

Coffee cup lids

a whole bunch of disposable coffee cup lids
Louise has weapon

 

Cooking (Rice cakes)

9 fancy rice cakes with lots of toppings
WHAT?!

 

Cotton in art

cotton ball sheep arts and craft project
wait’ll someone proposes “Googly eyes in art”

 

Fantastic, The, in music

Rush
Fan-fucking-tastic

 

Fidget spinners

Fidget spinner with pokeballs on the end
oh man, Ash could’ve caught THREE TIMES as many Pokémon with this

 

Food in musicals

still from Oliver song, food glorious food
pease pudding and saveloys

 

Guitar controller (Musical instrument)

midi guitar
Remember nothing but PRACTICE will actually make you better
but also, i want one

 

Life in the UK Test

Doctor Who questions
I managed to get ahold of this actual page from the test

Postnuptial agreements

I hope all postnuptial agreements aren’t as irritating as this

 

Shades and shadows in architecture

mmmm art deco Batman

 

Steamship passengers

Behind the scenes still from Titanic
Rose won’t even make space for James Cameron

 

Wallpaper in art

tacky wallpaper with flowers
Forget *in* art, this IS art

 

Wine fraud

Wine label peeled off another wine label
And I would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you lousy sommeliers!

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]

  • Gender nonconformity [Replacing Transgenderism]
  • Cross-dressers [Replacing Transvestites and removing the BT to Transgender people]]
  • Cross-dressing [Replacing Transvestitism]
  • Female impersonators  [Removing the BT to Transgender people]
  • Male impersonators [Removing the BT to Transgender people]
  • Dwarfs (Persons) [Split from Dwarfs]
  • Dwarfs (Folklore) [Split from Dwarfs]
  • Anteus (Greek mythology) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Argos (Greek mythology) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Calydonian boar (Greek mythology) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Eeyore (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Hawkgirl (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Sawyer, Tom (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Furry fandom (Subculture)
  • Predators (Fictitious characters : Dark Hose Comics[Replacing Predator (Fictitious character : Dark Horse Comics]
  • Xenomorphs (Fictitious characters)

Normally this where I say “Onto the headings!” but I want to pause for a moment to reflect and say some stuff.

This is the basically the last list where I have significant headings to be evaluated. Next month are a few strays, and maybe the month after that will be a revise and resubmit heading, but this is the last big haul.

As many of you know, I’ve started a new position at the Library of Congress. As someone who worked at an academic library with a diverse set of materials to be cataloged and a wide collection policy, I was able to propose a broad number of headings and changes based on the materials that crossed my desk and operated with very little supervision in that capacity. I was the only member of my institution making subject proposals and nobody except the PSD itself had oversight or comments on my work.

Now I’m working exclusively with audio-visual materials, and with colleagues and supervisors who have all made proposals and understand the process [the LCGFT audio visual terms  was co-developed by some of new colleagues!] I don’t imagine I’ll be encountering the variety of material that I did before to engender so many proposals nor have the free reign as an Official LC Cataloger to cause as much trouble with changes. [Speculation on my part]

I’m not throwing in the towel, nor giving up the ghost! I still believe in a more inclusive and up-to-date LCSH. This is where you come in. Do you have a heading you need in your work but you just don’t know how to propose it? Is there a change you’ve wanted to see to LCSH? Maybe I can help, let’s talk.

And now, onto the headings!


 A (The letter)

Letter People learning tool, Miss A
We had Letter People in my kindergarten, this is Miss Achoo

 

Blanching (Cooking)

This recipe calls for blanched brains, yum!

 

Chaps (Clothing)

remember, ALL chaps are assless

 

Children of assisted reproductive technology

Comedy Schwarzenegger was my favorite Schwarzenegger

 

Energy bars (Snack foods)

Ties nicely with the last one

 

Jesus Christ–Stature

BEHOLD, I AM 108 FEET TALL

 

Lucha libre

El Santo! Luchador magnigico!

 

Memory consolidation

I guess like, some version of this?

 

Mudskippers

A fish that can kinda breathe air? CHECKMATE, EVOLUTION!

 

Neurofeedback

if the feedback gets too bad, he’ll prolly get a psychic nosebleed

 

Parent and child in motion pictures

Spooooooiler alert [Sarah Snook is amazing in this tho]

Solitude in popular culture

Without Silent Running, there’d be no MST3K

 

Women cricket players

I bet she totally stuck that wicket.

New LCSH!

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]

  • Privilege (Social psychology)
  • BR563.W45 [class number for Christianity — History — By region or country –America — North America — United States — By race or ethnic group, A-Z — Whites]
  • Hawkman (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]

Onto the headings!


Animals in education

cat wearing glasses, reading a book and holding a pencil
This cat could teach us a thing or two

 

Anthropomorphism in architecture

building shaped like a cow
Comoorcial real estate

 

Baltimore Riots, Baltimore, MD., 2015

sign that says
Justice for Freddie — also not the heading I would’ve proposed.

 

Birds of prey in literature

Cover of comic book Birds of Prey
Too cool to look at that explosion

 

Christians, White

Mike Pence meeting with Freedom Caucus to take away health care
Seems like a representative cross section of America

 

Destruction art

okay I searched for “exploding art” and didn’t find any, but I did find this: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/Culture/1.2718693

Gamification

image from
Go ahead, gamify your library. But when it’s Black Mirror all over place, don’t come crying to me.

 

Homecoming in art

Still from Spider-Man: Homecoming
There’s TWO homecomings here.

 

Monsters in education

Cover of
Spoiler: the librarian IS a monster, but also the girl’s parents are monsters so they eat him

 

Satirical maps

Mercator projection map
yeah, a satire on the ACTUAL relative size of the continents #NeverMercator

 

Science fiction–Songs and music

image of Rush's 2112
Attention all planets of the solar federation

 

Smell in design

image of the smell-o-vision from a 4D theater
I saw Wonder Woman in ‘4D’ and the smell aspect added nothing at best and was annoying at worst

New LCSH!

As always — check out the full approved list


The following are newly approved headings which I proposed [or canceled LCSH in favor of NARs]

  • Anti-vaccination movement
  • Charity–Religious aspects–Buddhism [Christianity, etc.]
  • Death of God in literature
  • Farhud, Baghdad, Iraq, 1941
  • Intersectionality (Sociology)
  • HM488.5 [class number for Intersectionality]
  • Card games [LCGFT term]
  • Green Arrow (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Lane, Lois (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Luthor, Lex (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]
  • Strange, Adam (Fictitious character) [Canceled in favor of NAR]

Onto the headings!


Avarice in motion pictures

still from "Fight Club" depicting the 'Greed' crime scene
No, “Greed in motion pictures” isn’t a UF

 

Cello and electric guitar music

Still of 'Heiven' a Finnish metal band that has a cellist
For some reason only the string players hold their instruments, but I assure you there’s a guitar too

 

Cooking (Poppies)

Still from 'Wizard of Oz' when they're in the poppy field
Arguably, the Wicked Witch was cooking up a plan with those poppies? Kinda?

 

Couples on television

still from Once Upon a Time that shows Regina and Emma almost kissing
SWEN 4 LIFE

 

Earthquakes–Australia

Sydney Opera House on crest of giant wave
they always come for our landmarks first

 

Flipped classrooms

upside down classroom
Even I think this is silly

 

Governors–Farewell addresses

Still from Rick Perry's farewell address
Not every farewell address rises to “One Last Time” level

 

Hockey on television

Still from Simpsons on Ice episode of Simpsons
All I know of hockey I learned from this episode and Mighty Ducks

 

Hydrocodone

House in a bathtub fulla vicodin
I don’t have a pain management problem, I have a pain problem

 

Lamas in art

painting of a llama blowing a bubble
I wanna see that spiritual leader blow a bubble as dope as this

 

Man-faced bulls

Man wearing a bull mask
Close enough

 

Polar bear–Counting

Picture of three polars bears
THREE!

 

RagaMuffin cat

Two ragamuffin cats
The official policy of this blog is rescue cats, never buy from breeders

 

Siberian cat

Siberian cat
Doesn’t mean I’m NOT gonna post pictures of all cats tho

 

Sorcerer’s apprentice (Tale)

Cosplayer of Sorcerer's Apprentice
Admit it, you can hear the music right now

 

Space ships in motion pictures

Star Trek Discovery
What’s the deal with this? We need a new streaming whatever? Excited to see Yeoh in the chair

 

Tea bowls

Tea bowl with ceramic teeth on it
I would not like to drink from this

 

Virtual reality headsets

80s woman wearing VR headset
I look forward to trying VR one day and being half this cool

 

Women superheroes in motion pictures

Wonder Woman 'No Man's Land' scene
I cried

 

Women superheroes on television

Still of Vixen from Arrow
Please do not fight over animated vs live action Vixen, we have BOTH

 

LCGFT

Hanukkah music

Sheet music for a Hanukkah song
What, you don’t have string quartets at your Hanukkah parties?

 

Paranormal drama

Promo still for Supernatural
It has a UF of Supernatural drama, so it counts

 

Rock operas

Savatage's Wake of Magellan
Savatage actually has a lotta great rock operas

 

Visual albums

Beyonce's Lemonade
Obviously.

New LCSH!

As always — check out the full approved list


The following are newly approved headings which I proposed [or canceled LCSH in favor of NARs]

  • Sex workers
  • Lap dancers [added BT to Sex workers]
  • Strip teasers [added BT to Sex workers]
  • Prostitutes [added BT to Sex workers]
  • Sex surrogates [added BT to Sex workers] 
  • Board games [LCGFT term]
  • Kings and rulers [added RT to Queens]
  • Cthulhu (Fictitious character)
  • Jennings (Fictitious character)

Here’s the post I wrote a post about Sex workers before I proposed the term.

Onto the headings!


Baseball in dance

Dancers dressed as baseball players
I hope he takes the glove off before trying a lift

 

Baseball in motion pictures

Still from "League of their own"
Name a better baseball movie than LoTO. I’ll wait

 

Camelidae in art

Joe Camel smoking a cigarette
Smoking is COOL, kids!

 

Debt in popular culture

                         This thread is very good.

Extraterrestrial beings on television

Rigel from Farscape
I’m never *not* gonna rep Farscape

 

Framing (Cinematography)

Still from Mad Men
For more amazing cinematog with Moss, see Handmaid’s Tale

 

Holocaust deniers

a dumpster on fire

Human-alien encounters on television

Gillian Anderson as Scully meeting some fans dressed as aliens
Pretty sure I don’t remember this episode

 

Iron in human nutrition

Magneto pulling iron from guy's blood in X2
Remember, too much iron is bad for you

 

Mothers of rock musicians

Image of Geddy Lee and his mother
Geddy’s mom is actually in the book that justified the creation of this heading

 

United States–Foreign relations–2017-

Dumpster fire

United States–Politics and government–2017-

Dumpster fire

Video game designers

Picture of Tracy Fullerton
Tracy Fullerton is working on a game about Walden that sounds p cool

 

LCGFT terms

 

Animal fiction

Comic book cover with Animal from The Muppets
Nailed it

 

Campus fiction

Cover of "Campus Tramp"
Lawrence Block is really tossing us catalogers a bone

 

Mumblecore films

Still from "The Overnight"
Don’t let Adam Scott’s terrible facial hair trick you: The Overnight is v funny

 

Novelizations

Novelization of The Nightmare Before Christmas
A novelization doesn’t seem like it’ll quite capture what makes this movie good

 

Opera adaptations

Still from The Fly, the opera
I hope there’s an aria: “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid”

 

Rock lyrics

Neil Peart lyric sheet for "Closer to the Heart"
If you already think Neil Peart’s lyrics are pretentious [unsubscribe plz] wait’ll you see the way he wrote ’em

Guess the movie!

Previously in this ‘series’

*i’m changing the rule from last time and just pretending all the things that aren’t in LCSH or the NAF, are, sorryNotSorry


 

651 _ 0 LV-426 (Satellite)

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Eggs $x Incubation.

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Growth.

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Life cycle.

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Chemical defenses.

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Embryos $x Transplantation.

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Effect of altitude on.

650 _ 0 Xenomorph $x Effect of fires on.

650 _ 0 Male pregnancy.

650 _ 0 Miners $x Death.

650 _ 0 Human-alien encounters.

600 1 0 Ripley, Ellen, $d 2092-2179 $x Adversaries.

600 1 0 Ripley, Ellen, $d 2092-2179 $x Career in courage.

600 1 0 Kane, Gilbert, $d 2083-2122 $x Relations with extraterrestrial beings.

600 0 0 Ash $c (Android) $x Knowledge $x Special order 937.

600 0 0 Jonesy $c (Cat)

610 2 0 Nostromo (Ship)

650 _ 0 Ships $x Abandoning of.

 

New LCSH!

As always — check out the full approved list


All the _____, Mogul headings have been changed to ______, Mogul Empire

The following are my headings [or canceled headings in favor of name authority records]

  • Atom (Fictitious character)
  • Bachelors in rabbinical literature [BM496.9.B34]
  • Vigilante (Fictitious character : DC Comics, Inc.)

Another heading I proposed, Nakba, Palestine, 1948 — was not approved. I wrote up my thoughts about that non-approval.

Onto the headings!


Big Blowup, 1910

St_Maries_1910_Fire_Memorial_1_-_St_Maries_Idaho.jpg
Memorial to the firefighters who died

Cooking in mass media

2014-04-10-NUP_151507_0827.jpg
She always said she was salty on twitter.

Christian Science Plaza (Boston, Mass.)

Chrisitan-Science-Vanderwarker-4782_Edited.JPG
I wouldn’t trust them to recommend a doctor, but that’s a dope plaza.

Civil rights of corporations

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No.

Dicycles

1880-1883-BSA-Otto-Dicycle-01.jpg
What about Victorian helmet safety?

Guerillas in motion pictures

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See, because this movie has both.

Guy Fawkes masks

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I bet Guy Fawkes would be real confused if he came back today

Hides and skins — Symbolic aspects

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Most iterations do not have the cutlass tho

Lunch counters

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Not pictured: racism

Marijuana in literature

130814224201-31-marijuana-horizontal-large-gallery.jpg
Nailed it

Patient rooms

celebration-patient room.jpg
okay, well all the rooms i’ve stayed in were not this nice

Water buffalo meat

4709761-wild-water-buffalo.jpg
Good luck.

Women video gamers

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I saw her speak once, pretty good stuff!

The Breadth of Women and Men, Pt. 3

Bolded words refer to extant LCSH terms


Links to previous parts: Part 1, Part 2.

Having matched [as best I could] the NT terms of Men and Women in Part 1 — I then looked at the NTs of Men which did not have a match to the NTs of Women but which had a counterpart in LCSH that for some reason or other was not in the hierarchy of Women. I’m now turning to the NTs of Women and going to perform the same analysis.


The following terms are NTs of Women which do not have an equivalent term in the NTs of Women. For each I’ll provide either one of three options for potential equivalents:

  1. None: This indicates that there isn’t a term in LCSH that I think could be an equivalent candidate as an NT of Women.
  2. N/A: This indicates that I don’t think an equivalent term could exist. That is, the concept is limited, not just in LCSH.
  3. [Specific term which exists in LCSH]: In some cases I’ve found a specific term which matches, but is not currently an NT of Women.

Advertising and women                                       None
Architecture and women                                     None
Assyrian women                                                     None
Beauty contestants                                                None
Buddhist women                                                    None
Computers and women                                        None
Crones                                                                       N/A
Dalit women                                                           None
Dance for women                                                  None
Daughters-in-law                                                   Sons-in-law
Discounts for women                                           None
Exercise for women                                            Exercise for men
Fascism and women                                           None
Gentile women                                                     None
Hindu women                                                      None
Internet and women                                          None
Jaina women                                                        None
Jewish religious education of women         None
Large-breasted women                                    N/A
Libraries and women                                       None
Mass media and women                                  None
Matriarchy                                                          Patriarchy
Medically uninsured women                         None
Mentally ill women                                          None
Minority women                                               None
Museums and women                                      None
National socialism and women                     None
Physical education for women                    None
Pregnant women                                              Male pregnancy
Puerto Rican women                                       None
Queens                                                                 Kings and rulers
Racially mixed women                                   None
Radio and women                                            None
Retired women                                                 None
Runaway women                                             None
Samaritan women                                           None
Scolds                                                                  N/A
Sedentary women                                            None
Self-defense for women                                 None
Self-employed women                                    None
Separated women                                           None
Sexual ethics for women                              None
Sikh women                                                      None
Syriac women                                                   None
Taoist women                                                   None
Technology and women                                None
Television and women                                  None
United States. Navy—Women                     None
Video games for women                               None
Women’s mass media                                    Men’s mass media
Yezidi women                                                  None
Zoroastrian women                                       None

 

Notice that there are significantly more NTs of Women — and the vast majority are unmatchable as it stands. Remember too that a rule of BT creation is that for any […] and […] heading, a BT is made for the second term. What that means is that for all the […] and women headings, the BT connection to Women is obligatory. But what that doesn’t mean is that these are the only headings that are coinjoining women and a concept — for example:

  • Women and anarchism
  • Women and animals
  • Women and city planning

None of these have Women as a BT because the first term is women and the BT is made to the second term.

I highlight these examples to show that LCSH isn’t saying “These are all the concepts which are inherently included in the concept of a woman, enumerated and collated for your convenience.” LCSH’s structure and rules make it so that gleaning total semantic meaning from the hierarchies is impossible.


There are many unmatched racial/ethnic/religious/class/status qualified terms. There is little doubt in my mind that when a book is published about a specific group of people, unless that book says in the title that it’s about the men of that group even if it only has the men as examples or case studies or discussion points — the subject heading [….] men will not be created. The men are neutral, and the women are a marked difference.

 

Nakba, Palestine, 1948

Over the course of the war of Israel’s statehood — over 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.

Amongst Palestinians this loss of home and land is known as the Nakba [al-Nakbah, Arabic for catastrophe]


I was cataloging a resource, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba memories of shattered communities by Anaheed Al-Hardan and was trying to determine some good subject headings.

Reading the table of contents, the back of the book and the preface — it was clear that this was a resource partially about the shared memories/feelings/affect that the Nakba had on the Palestinian people.

A cursory search of LCSH revealed that there was no heading for this particular expulsion [which I could then propose a subdivision of — Influence under]

Thus I created a proposal for the term — this is that proposal:

010 $a sp2017000197

040 $a MWalB $b eng $c DLC

150 $a Nakba, Palestine, 1948

450 $a Catastrophe, Palestine, 1948

450 $a Nakbah, Palestine, 1948

550 $w g $a Israel­-Arab War, 1948-­1949

550 $w g $a Population transfers $x Palestinian Arabs

670 $a Work cat: 945105294: Palestinians in Syria: Nakba memories of shattered communities, 2016: $b Preface (…the Nakba, or catastrophe, that resulted from the establishment of the state of Israel on Palestine in May 1948. This catastrophe saw the dispossession of more than half of historic Palestine’s population, some 800,000 people.)

670 $a 854503654: Auron, Yair. ha­Shoʼah, ha­-teḳumah ṿeha-­Nakbah, 2013: $b (English title: The Holocaust, the rebirth and the Nakba)

670 $a 820884307: Masalha, Nur. The Palestine Nakba, 2012: $b Introduction (1948 was the year of the Palestine Nakba (Catastrophe), the uprooting of the Palestinians and the dismemberment and de-Arabisation of historic Palestine.)

As you can see, I added two additional sources demonstrating the preferred form of the name and to generate UF references.

Yesterday the PSD evaluated my proposal and rejected it for the following reason:

Nabka refers to the 1948 expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine (today’s Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jordan). The existing heading Population transfers—Palestinian Arabs is synonymous, or nearly synonymous, in meaning to the heading being proposed; it should be assigned to the work being cataloged. The proposal was not approved.

While I’m unsure why the PSD defined the term for me, when I’d clearly understood it myself in the proposal, the second half is completely wrong.

I then sent Libby Dechman [the policy specialist responsible for the list] the following email [and a big thank-you to Anna-Sophia for reading it and providing me with feedback!]



Dear Libby,

Having seen the PSDs decision to not approve the above heading, I was hoping to have an opportunity to explain why I think it is a necessary heading.

In the explanation given you write:

“The existing heading Population transfers—Palestinian Arabs is synonymous, or nearly synonymous, in meaning to the heading being proposed”

The crux of my objection is that it is not at all synonymous with Population transfers–Palestinian Arabs, because it is only an instance of that. My proposal specifically included Population transfers–Palestinian Arabs as a BT term, because there are other instances where this happened.

1. From 1949-1956 thousands of Palestinians continued to be removed after the Nakba.

2. In 1967, 280,000 to 325,000 Palestinians were removed after the Six Day War.

3. In 1991 some 200,000 Palestinians were driven out of Kuwait aftter the Gulf war.

4. In 1999  roughly 1000 Palestinians were expelled from South Mt. Hebron

etc.

In the event that the problem lay in my construction of the proposal, a named event in accordance with H1592, I had considered two other constructions:

1. Palestinian Arabs–Palestine–History–Expulsion, 1948 (c.f. Acadians—Nova Scotia—History—Expulsion, 1755; Jews—England—History—Expulsion, 1290)

2. Palestinian Arabs–Relocation, 1948 (c.f. Japanese—Canada—Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945)

I had also considered the BT Forced migration–Palestine

My point is that this occurrence, the Nakba, is but one among many, an instance among the general–a perfect example of a BT/NT relationship. Some resources are written about the general and various forced movements of the Palestinians, and other resources are written about the specific instance of the Nakba.

I hope I’ve justified why I think this heading deserves a second look and why it is not synonymous with Population transfers–Palestinian Arabs.

I appreciate any guidance you can give me on a better or more fit construction if you deem that necessary.

Thank you so much for your time,


 

I’ll update this post when/if I hear back.