Wouldn't the field of activity for a woman's bookstore be:

372  Booksellers and bookselling $2 lcsh
  or maybe
372  Booksellers and bookselling $a Women--Books and reading $2 lcsh

or this works better using AAT:

372  Bookselling $2 aat
372  Women--Books and reading $2 lcsh
I wouldn't assume that women's bookstores are for lesbians only.

Adam Schiff
University of Washington Libraries

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Subject: 372 question for women's bookstore

The definition of 372, with regards to corporate bodies is "For a corporate body: a field of business in which the corporate body is engaged, its area of competence, responsibility, jurisdiction, etc.".  Would "Lesbian community" fall within these parameters? Or even "Women"? It's not a field of business or jurisdiction or even the business' reponsibility, and I can't see how a community would be an area of competence.

Perhaps "Feminism", "Lesbian feminism", or "Lesbianism" would be appropriate terms in the 372? They are at least "areas of competence".

Jay Shorten
Cataloger, Monographs and Electronic Resources
Associate Professor of Bibliography
Catalog Department
University Libraries
University of Oklahoma
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