Classification Proposal System

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Introduction
The classification proposal system displays proposed changes to the Library of Congress classification system using a special version of the classification browser. It combines the most current version of the existing classification data in black text and any proposed modifications and additions in different colors.

All proposals are based on existing classification records, whether you are requesting a new classification number or changes to an existing number.

In order to submit proposals, this feature must be enabled in your ClassWeb account. In addition, you must log in with the administrative password for your account. The read-only password will permit you to see proposals but not make any. Also note that if you share this account with other users, anyone with the administrative password to your account will be able to modify and delete proposals under that login name.

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Proposal Browser
The proposal browser works similarly to the standard classification browser. The proposal browser has additional features to create, modify and display classification proposals. Refer to the browser help page for questions on basic navigation and use of the classification browser.

Proposed changes to classification are hightlighted in one of two colors: proposals for new class numbers and references are displayed in bright green; proposals for modifications to an existing record are displayed in an orange/brown color.

Creating a Proposal
All proposals are based on an existing classification record. This is true whether you are requesting a change to a existing classification record or proposing a new number or reference. Remember that the classification system makes a distiction between schedule and table records. You must use the schedule browser to propose a new or updated schedule record and the table browser for table records. Use the corresponding Schedules or Tables button at the top of the classification browser to switch between these two types of records.

All of the proposal commands are accessed using the small white button ( ) after each record that displays a drop-down menu of additinal links. See below for a complete list of proposal commands. All of these actions will open a new window with a fill-in form that describes a new or modified classification record (how to use the proposal input form).

To create a proposal to modify a classification record:

  1. Find the record you want changed.
  2. Click on the small white button to the right of the caption and select Propose a change to this record.
  3. Create your proposal (how to use the proposal input form).
  4. Click on the Save button on the top of the input form. (If you change your mind and do not want to create this proposal, click on the Cancel button instead.)
  5. Click on the OK button to close the input window.

To propose a new classification number:

  1. Find the existing record that is most like the record you are proposing.
  2. Click on the small white button to the right of the caption and select Propose a new class number here.
  3. Create your proposal (how to use the proposal input form).
  4. Click on the Save button on the top of the input form. (If you change your mind and do not want to create this proposal, click on the Cancel button instead.)
  5. Click on the OK button to close the input window.

To propose a new tracing or reference to a classification number:

  1. Find the record you want to make a reference or tracing to.
  2. Click on the small white button to the right of the caption and select Propose a new reference here.
  3. Create your proposal (how to use the proposal input form).
  4. Click on the Save button on the top of the input form. (If you change your mind and do not want to create this proposal, click on the Cancel button instead.)
  5. Click on the OK button to close the input window.

After you have saved your proposal you can display it in the proposal browser by clicking on the Refresh button at the top of the browser display. This will reload your current page using the latest classification information and proposals.

Modifying or Deleting a Proposal
You can modify or delete any of your proposals prior to their being scheduled for a weekly editorial meeting by LC staff. You cannot make changes or remove proposals made by other users, just those made under your login name.

To modify a proposal:

  1. Locate the proposal in the proposal browser.
  2. Click on the small white button to the right of the caption and select Modify or delete this proposal.
  3. Make your changes to the proposal (how to use the proposal input form).
  4. Click on the Save button on the top of the input form. (If you change your mind and do not want to save your changes, click on the Cancel button instead.)
  5. Click on the OK button to close the input window.

To delete a proposal:

  1. Locate the proposal in the proposal browser.
  2. Click on the small white button to the right of the caption and select Modify or delete this proposal.
  3. Click on the Delete button on the top of the input form. (If you change your mind and do not want to delete your proposal, click on the Cancel button instead.)
  4. A pop-up window will ask "Are you sure you want to delete this proposal?". Click on the OK button to delete the record.
  5. Click on the OK button to close the input window.

After you have modified or deleted your proposal, use the Refresh button on the top of the proposal browser to update your display. This will reload your current page using the latest classification information and proposals.

Record Links
When using the classification proposal system, the drop-down menu that is displayed by clicking on the small white button after each record will include the following links at the bottom of the list of regular browser commands:

ButtonAction
Modify or delete this proposal Displayed on any proposals that have been submitted by your account prior to being assigned to a weekly meeting to allow you to modify or delete your proposal.
Propose cancelling this number Create a proposal to cancel this classification number.
Propose a change to this record Create a proposal to modify this classification record.
Propose a new class number here Create a proposal for a new classification number using the current record as a starting point.
Propose a new reference here Create a proposal for a new tracing or reference at this place in classification.

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