[Classweb-users] BP170.5

Casey A Mullin cmullin at stanford.edu
Wed Oct 21 18:29:06 EDT 2009

Caption: Islam. Bahai Faith. Theosophy, etc.--Islam--Missionary work of 
Islam--Converts to Islam
    Individual, A-Z

Is this to be treated as a biography number, per G320? LC has applied 
the biography table in at least three cases within the last 10 years; 
this cannot be done unless the number is deemed to be a bona fide 
"biography" number. And, the decision whether or not to apply the 
biography table affects whether or not to apply the translation table 
(my work in hand is a diary).

Based on the nature of the works classed here, I'd concur with the 
decision to apply the biography table (liberally, as it were). Can 
anyone corroborate (or refute) this? Perhaps the caption can be amended 
to address this ambiguity.


Casey A. Mullin
Discovery Metadata Librarian
Metadata Development Unit
Stanford University Libraries
cmullin at stanford.edu


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