But for classes in which no Cutter for the place has ever been used in the catalog, one would want to Cutter by the current name.

I agree it wouldn’t be good to split materials up when a Cutter for the place had already been used.  Some libraries might have the resources to reclassify resources under a Cutter for the current name, but probably very few do.

Adam Schiff
University of Washington Libraries

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Gene Fieg <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:03 PM
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Subject: Re: updates to reflect two new country names

But if you want the materials classed together, no matter the history of the geographic name, why not keep the old cutter(s) for the regions and countries?

Gene Fieg

On Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 2:27 PM Margaret Hughes <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Do we know when G 300 Regions and Countries Table will be updated to reflect new cutters for Eswatini and North Macedonia?

Margaret Hughes
Metadata Librarian for Humanities and Social Sciences
Head, Classification Unit
Stanford University

On 2/21/2019 2:07 PM, Adam L Schiff wrote:

We’ve noticed that controlled headings in OCLC bib records have mostly been flipping to reflect the changed headings, which is great.  I’ve had to correct the ones that included “Region” and “Metropolitan Area” as free-floating additions to a city or other place, because OCLC didn’t (couldn’t) automatically change the qualifier used with those.   I assume that LC subject headings in your bib records will also get changed, but we’ve come across records that have the former place names in children’s subjects (e.g. 651 _1 Swaziland $v Maps).  Will the children’s subjects in bibs also get updated by LC?


Adam Schiff
Principal Cataloger
University of Washington Libraries

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Policy and Standards Division
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2019 2:35 PM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: updates to reflect two new country names

LC’s Policy and Standards Division is currently working on projects to update all of the name and subject authority records that need to be changed to reflect the new country names Eswatini and North Macedonia. The country Eswatini was formerly Swaziland. The country North Macedonia was formerly Macedonia (Republic).

There is no need to report NARs that have not been updated as errors. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we make these changes.

Note that government body names established as a subdivision of the national jurisdiction such as Swaziland. Parliament do not need to be changed as these are valid for use before the name change from Swaziland to Eswatini. Catalogers should create new NARs as needed for these government bodies.

I assure you that a new NAR has been created for North Macedonia.  Unless you work at LC you will not be able to see it now because I created it today.  OCLC will receive this record as part of the normal distribution so it should be visible to you soon.


Kate James
Policy and Standards Division
Library of Congress