Place, writing, and voice in oral history / edited by Shelley Trower. (OCLC #692287858)

The scope note for the LCSH subject heading Aural history clarifies:

Here are entered works on the technique of recording sounds of events for historical examination as well as collections of such recordings. Works on the technique of recording the recollections of persons concerning their knowledge of historical events as well as collections of such recordings are entered under Oral history.

This record has both subject headings:

    650 _0 ǂa Oral history.
    650 _0 ǂa Aural history.

The half-blood : a cultural symbol in 19th century American fiction / William J. Scheick. (OCLC #897378817)

The LCSH subject heading for Native Americans in the United States is “Indians of North America”, so this title has the heading:

650 _0 ǂa Indians of North America ǂx Mixed descent.

The subject heading “Indians” has the scope note:

Here are entered works on the aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere, including Eskimos. Works on the inhabitants of India in general are entered under East Indians.

My colleague Karen Nuckolls is publishing an update to her 1994 article “The Library of Congress Subject Heading Shortfall” which mentions this as an example of a term which needed (and apparently still needs) to be updated.


La minificción en el siglo XXI : aproximaciones teóricas / Henry González Martinez, editor. (OCLC #886547249)

I always feel weird assigning the topical subject heading “Short stories” to collections of short stories (it seems more like a form/genre) but the scope note is quite clear about the usage:

Here are entered collections of stories. Works on the short story as a literary form and on the art of short story writing are entered under Short story.

This title is about a literary form similar to the short story (minificción, similar to flash fiction) which does not yet have a specific LCSH term, so I did the subject cataloging as:

    650 _0 Short story.
    650 _0 Spanish fiction ǂy 21st century.

The role of energy in Iran-Turkey relations / Omid Shokri Kalehsar. (OCLC #873602124)

After reviewing the differences between the free-floating subdivisions –Relations, –Foreign relations, and –Military relations, I assigned this heading:

Iran ǂx Foreign relations ǂz Turkey.

When one of these relations subdivisions is further subdivided geographically, you need an additional heading with the geographic terms reversed (SHM, H 1629) so I assigned this one as well:

Turkey ǂx Foreign relations ǂz Iran.

Икота : мифологический персонаж в локальной традиции / Ольга Христофорова (OCLC #871437486)

This book about demonic possession (or “Demoniac Possession” in LCSH) has a title proper which also translates to “hiccups”. Though the two are linked, a bit of reading confirmed that the word had another specific meaning: the Slavic concept of “ikota” is similar to the Jewish “dybbuk”, both being spirits that possess and control people. (Hooray for subject cataloging to distinguish between the two!)

I am somewhat relieved that the book is about demons, because I wouldn’t know where to classify a non-fiction book primarily about hiccups in LC; maybe with other reflexes or spasms, or with the diaphragm? I searched OCLC and found only a few non-fiction works (none classed in LC); mostly I found folklore and juvenile fiction. With all due respect to the hiccupotamus, this seems like an oversight.