Marie E. Whited
Yale Law School
Paul Weiss from the Library of Congress' Cataloging Policy and Support Office reports that new editions of K, KE, and KF should be sent to the printer the end of this month. The next issue of Classification Plus will contain KD and KZ. The new edition of KD is available.
Be on the lookout for legal books classed in non-legal call numbers. Two areas to watch are popular accounts of trials and medical law subjects.
Conflict of laws is an area that is difficult to classify especially when you can't read the language. While reclassing our old collection, I noticed inconsistencies even between editions. One edition would be in K and the next in a country schedule. Also, we had classed some of the older comparative titles in K, yet they should have been in KJC. At least with American conflict titles, we have the scope notes in KF and the scope note in Table A of KDZ, KG-KH just above 110 that refers comparative American titles to KG. You may want to establish some guidelines for your collection to insure consistency. If the work treats several countries equally and is not related to a region, class in K. If the work is theoretical, historical and not related to region, class in K. Many of the historical works in Yale's collection are actually KJC since they deal with that region. Of course, guidelines are great, but they don't always solve the problem. Conflict of laws will remain a tough area to classify, especially the older titles. Many of you will want to prefer K unless the work is clearly country or region – that will keep all of your "in doubts" together and that's a good thing.
Jolande Goldberg and David Guion have given us permission to include their recent correspondence about JX. We hope you all find it as helpful as we did:
(1) (JX5121) Belligerent measures. Deceit, spies, etc.
The subject Espionage, spies, deception/disinformation, etc., are classed in UB250+ as a subtopic of military intelligence; both intelligence and espionage are further subdivided "By region or country, A-Z".
Particular spy cases related to a war, are classed with the particular war in Classes D-F.
General works on *espionage as a crime against the state or peace* are classed in K5252.5, or in subclasses for regions and countries (e.g. KJ-KKZ, Table A, 4442 and 4446; KK9084+, etc. LC has one treatise on history of deception/disinformation (classed in JX5121) which belongs rather to history of humanitarian law, KZ6471, while several other works in JX5121 would now class in UB or K (Law in general...)
(2) (JX4079.P7) Means of protecting independence... Propaganda.
Propaganda is to be addressed by law cataloging only if it is a crime, aimed at "endangering the state.." or "..international relations", e.g. KJ-KKZ, Table A, 4448 and 4455.
Otherwise, it is classed in various J subclasses (by country), such as JN3971+, or JF1525.P7, and in subclass UB275.
Potential references could include:
JZ6405.A-Z (Works on diverse concepts and aspects...).
Propaganda, Psychological warfare, see UB275
KZ4043 (Means of protecting independence).
For treasonable propaganda endangering the state or international relations, see crimes against the government in appropriate K subclasses (e.g. KJKKZ, Table A, 4448 and 4455)
(JX5482.5) Exhaustion... (=K5495 area)
(JX5483) Claims and reparations (=how'bout K967Government tort liability. Including works on the Calvo doctrine. This is an 1995 revision of K) You ask whether this is the right place? Conflict of Laws (K7000+) deals only with conflict rules (comparatively) in particular subject areas established as "Private International Law". Your book in hand has to decide this. (JX5486) Claims and reparations. By region or country (=this looks to me like collections which would send you back to KZ238+).