Friday, July 11, 2008


The Inherently Legal Subject Headings Task Force (ILSHTF) and the Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group (CSCP) would like to hear opinions about the two issue described below. Discussion of these issues will start at the Cataloging & Classification Roundtable (Monday, July 14, 5:30-6:30 PM, OCC-B113) and will continue at the CSCP meeting (Tuesday, July 15, 7:30-8:45 AM, OCC- A109).

1. Should headings for individual crimes be considered inherently legal? Currently LC treats them as such, but some members of the ILSHTF and the larger community believe that this issue should be revisited.

2. What genre terms should be used for civil law and common law codes/compiled statutes?

CSCP Members working on law genre headings have had lengthy discussions on how best to treat codes/compiled statutes in civil law and common law systems. Although common law systems often have codes, they usually lack the high level of conceptualization that exists in civil law codes, and the underlying methodology used to create these two types of codes is markedly different.

Please read the discussion posted on the Law Genre Wiki at Keep in mind that the most recent comments are on top, so if you want to get a good sense of the discussion, start your reading from the very bottom.


Yael Mandelstam
Head of Cataloging
Fordham University School of Law
Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library

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