Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Treatment of Globes in LCSH and LCGFT

LC has issued Library of Congress to revise the treatment of Globes in LCSH and LCGFT. A couple of major changes "To promote collocation of all of the globes, maps, and atlases of a place, the subdivision –Globes will be cancelled in favor of using the form subdivision –Maps. The fact that a work is a spherical representation will be brought out with the genre/form term Globes." And "Since there are at least two, and possibly three, commonly accepted meanings, the heading for Earth as a planet should be qualified. The heading will be revised to Earth (Planet)."
On May 24, 2012, the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress issued a discussion paper entitled “Proposed Treatment of Globes in the LCGFT Environment” (http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/genre_form_globes.pdf). The paper explained that currently in Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), the term Globes in refers to globes of the Earth, to exclusion of globes of other heavenly bodies (e.g., other planets, comets, asteroids). The paper went on to suggest revisions to both LCGFT and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to allow for more accurate and consistent description of all globes.

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