[Classweb-users] Question re: CT1919 .P3

Weiss, Paul pwei at loc.gov
Tue Jul 20 09:02:42 EDT 2010

The three elements in the caption "Southwest Asia. Near East. Arab countries (Collectively)" are separate and distinct, with no implication that the three categories are synonymous, nor that every caption below them in the hierarchy will fit into all three of the categories.  Israel is clearly part of the Near East, and for that reason has been included in this area even though it is not an Arab country.

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

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Subject: [Classweb-users] Question re: CT1919 .P3

Teen Voices from the Holy Land: Who am I to You?, by Mahmoud Watad and Leonard Grub contains first-person stories of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. Most live in Israel, and a few live in the West Bank. 

The book is classified as CT1919 .P343. Classification Web shows the hierarchy for this class as follows:
Biography--National biography--By region or country--Asia--Southwest Asia. 
Near East. Arab countries (Collectively)--Other, A-Z--Palestine. Israel 

There is no provision for national biography of Israelis outside of the geographic area "Southwest Asia.Near East. Arab countries (Collectively)." 
This book does not belong under Arab countries, since it is clearly about Israel. The problem is with the labeling of the hierarchy; national biography for Israel could fit in as CT1919.I if it did not have the label "Arab Countries."

Is there no other option for this book and for other collective biography of Israelis?

Thank you,

Eva Radding
Facing History and Ourselves
16 Hurd Road
Brookline, MA 02445
Eva_Radding at facing.org

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