[Classweb-users] Unassigned L number in PL schedule

Paul G Weiss pwei at loc.gov
Wed Sep 16 11:05:01 EDT 2009

In general, provision has not been made in the Japanese literature area for authors with names beginning with L because there are no genuine Japanese names that begin with that letter.  An exception was made in the case of PL832.5 in order to accommodate a Chinese author whose name begins with L and who writes in Japanese.

We will make a similar exception and establish a number at PL855.5 to accommodate the author Noriko Mizuta Lippit, who is a Japanese author with a non-Japanese surname.

Paul Weiss
Library of Congress
Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate
Policy and Standards Division

>>> Anna M Ferris <Anna.Ferris at colorado.edu> 9/15/2009 2:59 PM >>>
What procedure should be followed to assign a call number for authors whose
names begin with L in the PL schedule for Japanese Literature?  In
particular, for the Showa period, 1945-1989.  The schedule (PL821-866) has
an L designation for the preceding period (i.e., Showa period 1926-1945) but
none exists for PL844-866 (Showa period, 1945-1989).  For that matter, there
is no L designation for the subsequent period PL867-878 (Heisei period,
1989-) either.  

Anna M. Ferris
Head, Special Collections & Archives Cataloging
University of Colorado at Boulder
Norlin Library
184 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0184
(Phone)  303-492-4534; (Fax)  303-492-0494
anna.ferris at colorado.edu 


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