New and revised subject headings

By SCIS cataloguing team


An overview of the new and revised subject headings approved by the SCIS Information Services Standards Committee in 2017 

New headings

Drone aircraft
Scope note: Use for resources about remotely controlled, unmanned aerial devices.

High interest-low readability
Scope note: Use for works that have themes and topics relevant and interesting to adolescents whose reading abilities are below age or grade. Use only if the publisher identifies the work as such. Do not use for levelled readers that are for teaching reading in primary school. For example, PM readers, Oxford reading tree, and Flying start to literacy.

Kayaking

Kayaks

Levelled readers
Scope note: Use for books that are part of a collection and are used to teach primary school students to read. They have themes and topics developmentally appropriate to primary school children and are graded at different levels of reading competency. They may be either fiction or non-fiction. For example, PM readers, Oxford reading tree, and Flying start to literacy.

LGBTQI people
Scope note: Use for resources about people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and/or intersex.

Mindfulness
Scope note: Use for works on the study or practice of living in the present moment, self-awareness or attention.

STEAM education
Scope note: Use for resources about education in, and study and teaching of, five specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Use for the teaching of STEAM education, without subdivision.

STEM education
Scope note: Use for works of, or works about education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Use for the teaching of STEM education, without subdivision.

Sports stories
Scope note: Use for works of fiction including fictional films in which a sport has an impact on the plot of the main characters. Sport should be the main theme of the title and be of significance to the characters of the work. Works in this genre include Big Nate; Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover; Derek E. Sullivan’s Biggie; Chris Crutcher’s Ironmen; and Edward Bloor’s Tangerine. For works about sport stories, use the heading Sports stories — History and criticism. See also names of individual sports with the subdivision Fiction, e.g. Soccer — Fiction.

Veganism

Revised headings

Animal-human relationships
Scope note: Use for works on social and ecological interactions between animals and humans. The ‘Animal-human relationships’ authority is no longer linked to the broader terms ‘Diseases’ and ‘Parasites’, and is no longer a ‘See also’ reference to ‘Pests’. Its sole broader term is now ‘Human-animal communication’.

Computer markup language
This heading is now used to qualify specific programs that assist with the look of web applications. The previous heading for this purpose was ‘Computer program language’. This updated descriptor affects the following terms: DHTML HTML SGML VRML XHTML XML CSS SVG. For example, ‘XML (Computer program language)’ is now ‘XML (Computer markup language)’.

Cooking
Scope note: Use for general works on the preparation of food, whether heat is used or not, and for recipe books not restricted by national group. Previously a non-preferred term for ‘Cookery’, ‘Cooking’ is now the authorised subject heading. ‘Cookery’ has been demoted to a non-preferred term (otherwise known as a USE reference).

SCIS cataloguing team

Education Services Australia