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

  • General Motors Corporation Strike, 1939
  • Motion comics [LCGFT]

Country life on television

Carrie Bradshaw all muddied up
Squirrels are just rats with cuter oufits!

 

Cryptocurrencies

Last Supper but with cryptocurrencies on their heads
I don’t know enough Christian art or crypto-nonsense to know which is the Judas. But what out for that one I guess.

 

Emojis

cover of Emoji version of Moby Dick
Okay but does Amazon Mechanical Turk get an access point?

 

Fantasy fiction–Religious aspects

Aslan the lion
Hello, it’s me Jesus

 

Frogs–Counting

A bunch of frogs
Closet guess without going over wins all the frogs

 

Historic theaters

download
I hope in the sequel we can go in and it’s Dream Theater’s 2005 Score concert and they’ve animated me rocking out

 

Historical museum visitors

Picture of woman in 18th century garb who tried to visit the Met
Technically she was asked to leave, so I guess she wasn’t a visitor

 

Justice in mass media

a guillotine

Leaves–Variation

image of Rothschild Prayerbook
There’s a lot of variation in these two leaves

 

Live-in household employees

John Bates from Downton Abbey
Miiiystah Baaaeetes

 

Pierogi

beef pierogi
yum!

 

Pirates in popular culture

remember this guy? remember the mid-2000s when everything was all pirates this and ninjas that?

Stadium vendors

Villains

GOP symbol

Zine libraries

Denver zine library
zines zines zines! also is that a cheerios box?

Zombies–Religious aspects

book: Jews versus Zombies
I’m rooting for the Jews

 

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New LCSH!

still from Metallica's ...And Justice For All

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.”


Back translation

still from Water World - Tina Majorino's back tattoo
it means: “Watch Veronica “Mars

 

Brienne, Counts of

picture of three Briennes of Tarth
1, 2, 3 Briennes! [‘shop by @ajlobster]

Cast-iron cookware

washing a cast-iron pan with soap
You maniac! You’re going to ruin it!

 

Dadaism and music

okay, I guess that’s Dadadaism…

Giraffes as pets

guy with pet giraffe
Hello, why the fuck am I inside your house

 

Grimoires

a spell book
a good grimoire is hard to shelve, has some kind of unusual binding or clasp and preferably has a cool raised star or skull on the cover

 

Haunted dolls

Still from The Boy
Remember, all dolls LOOK haunted but sometimes, like in this lousy movie, the dolls are just creepy

 

Human body and technology in art

picture of Cyborg Superman
With Henry Cavill out is it finally time for Cyborg Superman to step up??? [yes i know that’s a Kryptonian body, don’t @ me]

Jinn in literature

Cover art of book: Jinn and Juice / Nicole Peeler
You’ll be pleased to know there are also MANY titles along the lines of “Djinn and Tonic”

 

Justice (Personification)

still from Metallica's ...And Justice For All
Hammer of justice crushes you, overpower

 

Passivity (Psychology) in youth

drawing of Holden Caulfield
DO something you whiny nincompoop!

 

Princess in motion pictures

Still from Wreck-It-Ralph with all the Disney princesses
One well placed explosive would really destabilize the Disney Queendoms

 

Science on television

give Scully that fucking science

Smart cookers

image of a chef that says
My cooking IQ tells me to duck when a pan is being hurled at my neck

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!

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.

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