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        A recent posting to this list raised the issue of the
availability of up-to-date information about Library of Congress
Subject Headings (LCSH) and proposals for LCSH until subject authority
records are once again available for searching in LC's public
catalog.  This message pulls together information about the current
state of LCSH.
        Proposals from LC catalogers and SACO participants are grouped
on weekly lists for processing in the Cataloging Policy and Support
Office (CPSO) and for review at weekly subject headings editorial
meetings.  Since fall 1999, tentative lists of proposals have been
posted to the SACO home page at
<http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/tentative/twls.html>.  Currently,
Weekly Lists #31, #32, #33, #34, and #35 are posted there for
consultation.  The editorial meeting for Weekly List 00-34 was held on
Wednesday, August 30, 2000.  As soon as they are ready after the
meeting, approved weekly lists are posted to the CPSO web site at
<http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/cpso>.  Weekly List 00-32 for August 16,
2000, is the most recent list posted there.  Also after the meeting,
LC's Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) distributes subject
authority records for newly approved and revised subject headings,
most within three weeks.  Bibliographic utilities and other
subscribers who then turn around and load those authority records
should have reasonably current subject authority files.
        The purpose of the editorial review of subject heading
proposals is to maintain the consistency and coherence of LCSH and to
review individual proposals for conformity with stated policy.
Sometimes individual proposals raise policy issues.  In those cases,
the editorial meeting serves as a discussion forum for the development
and revision of policy.  In scanning lists of proposed headings, it is
important to keep in mind that those that do not conform to policy are
revised at the editorial meeting.  Therefore, for the latest
information about authorized subject headings, it is recommended to
check the most current online file of subject authority records
available to you supplemented by the approved weekly lists posted to
the CPSO web site.  Tentative lists at the SACO site provide
information about those proposals undergoing consideration.

Lynn M. El-Hoshy
Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist
Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Library of Congress
Washington,  DC  20450-4305
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