Cataloging Service Bulletins: do you miss them?

ImageI mourn the discontinuation of the Cataloging Service Bulletins.  I found them to be a vital resource for keeping up-to-date on new and changed subject headings and name authorities.  The Library of Congress site states that they are a discontinued publication. All back issues are available (in html) for free, but we need NEW issues.

Do you miss them as much as I do???

Technology included

ImageFor some years now we have been seeing CD-ROMs and DVDs included with some books.

Today broke new ground for me.  Our department catalogued a title with a USB Flash Drive included!  

Name authority problem noted

I have just finished cataloging the new Clive Cussler novel “Storm” which is co-authored by Graham Brown.
The dust jacket reads: Graham Brown is the author of Black Rain and Black Sun, and is a pilot and an attorney, he lives in Arizona."Storm" by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
The authority for Graham Brown, 1969-   no2010062412  states
670 — |aHis Black rain, 2010:|bt.p. (Graham Brown) cover p. 3 (b. in Chicago, Ill. ; is a pilot and attorney ; lives in Tucson, Ariz.)
Obviously the correct choice.
under the authority for Graham Brown  (with no date), n 81067181 which was amended in March of this year you can find the following:
670 — |aStorm, 2012:|bECIP t.p. (Graham Brown, co-author with Clive Cussler)

I have notified LC of the error and hope they will amend the affected authorities sooner rather than later…

Originality in titles

Before I began working for a library, I was under the misconception that titles had to be original.  Wow! What a wake-up call!  There are myriad duplicated titles by a myriad of authors.

"Betrayal" by Danielle SteelCase in point.  Today, while cataloging Danielle Steel’s latest offering “Betrayal” I realized that the single word ‘Betrayal’ is a favorite title for novels.  We have in our database 24 novels with that title by 24 separate authors! These authors include: Danielle Steel, William Deverell, Robin Wasserman, Fern Michaels, Karin Alvtegen, John Lescroart, Sabin Willett, Lee Nichols, Jerry B. Jenkins, Allie Scott, Christina Dodd, Beverly Lewis, Fiona McIntosh, Aaron Allston, Grace Cavendish, Douglas Bond, Helen Dunmore, Gillian Shields, Ann Jungman, Patricia Finney, Lois Tilton, Scott Wallens, Raymond E. Feist, and last but not least, Gwen Hunter.

That of course is not taking into account the countless novels beginning with the word Betrayal.   Does that not prove that we fiction readers are a jaded lot who want to read about this unpleasant subject?

Seems to me – if I was an author, I would want to try for a title that was just a tad more original…..Just saying….

010 LCCN input practices

Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of libraries no longer input 2 spaces before the LCCN in the 010 tag.

It was always my understanding that the input convention was to enter two spaces before the Library of Congress Control number.  Has this rule changed?  If so please let me know…


History of Information Organization

From Mindjet — an info-graphic on the “History of Information Organization.” It traces the progression from the original lunar calendar to the first library card catalog to Google:

History of Information Organization

RDA implementation date set !

The official announcement from the Library of Congress declares the official implementation date for RDA to be March 31, 2013.  One short year away!

The U.S. National Agricultural Library and National Library of Medicine, as well as the British Library, Library & Archives Canada, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and National Library of Australia, will also
target early 2013 for Day One of their RDA implementation.

Many dread the date.  Many feel that it is unnecessary.  Some can hardly wait.  What do YOU think?

Either way, with all of the major libraries choosing to convert to RDA, we smaller libraries will have no choice but to follow in their footsteps.    There are some already choosing RDA and when we download those records we simply cut out the RDA input (with no detrimental affect to our records and no influence on access). With software overlays such as AquaBrowser it seems redundant to implement RDA when many of the goals of utilizing FRBR are covered…  As a cataloguer who strives for consistency, the thought of many different qualities of records in our database is disturbing to say the least.