Nominations for Worst Serial Title Change of the Year Horn, Marguerite 17 Jan 2003 17:08 UTC

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AWARDS, 2003

Golden Globes ... People's Choice ... Mr. Blackwell's List ... The Oscars
... It's nomination time for your favorite awards ... and what better time
to solicit candidates for Worst Serial Title Change of the Year!

The ACLTS Serials Section Worst Serial Title Change of the Year Committee is
seeking nominations for the awards for 2003. You can see the past winners
(1984-2002) on the ALCTS website at:

Maybe the rules changed in December, but there were 11 months prior to that.
And what do we care about major/minor changes?  All changes can be a pain.
Were there any title changes this year that were particularly painful? Did
you ask yourself, "Why, oh why did they change this title?"  "What were they
thinking?" or perhaps, you just asked, "Why me?"  In any case, the SS Worst
Serial Title Change Committee would love to hear from you.  Send us your
worst!  (How often do you get that opportunity?)  Tell us just how bad it

In order to be eligible for an award, the title change should have occurred
during calendar year 2002.  It would be really helpful if you send
surrogates of the title change (i.e. the "before" and "after") from the
issues involved in the change, plus a copy of the bibliographic records.  We
would also be interested in a category or name for your nominee (e.g. The
Flip-Flops aren't Just Sandals Any More Award (for the serial that decided
to change back to a previously used title), or The Split Infinity Award (for
that title which just keeps cloning itself).  This is your chance to let
those people who make these titles changes know how you feel about them (or,
at least vent your frustration).

We're also interested in nominations for the perennial Snake in the Grass
Award, which goes to library-related publications that have the nerve (or
the gall) to change title, when they should known better.

Perhaps there's a title that didn't change this year, but merits "An
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award", especially for those titles that
may have missed out in previous years.

We're interested in nominations for serials in any format, i.e. print or
electronic, for this "prestigious" award.

We will be presenting the awards at ALA Annual in Toronto.  So start sending
those cards and letters, folks, and keep 'em coming. The Committee needs
some humor to lighten up these winter months.

Send your nominations to:

Maggie Horn
Chair, Worst Serial Title Change Committee
SUNY Office of Library and Information Services
SUNY System Administration
SUNY Plaza
Albany, NY 12246
Fax: 518 443-5358


Marguerite E. "Maggie" Horn
Library Systems Implementation Specialist
Office of Library & Information Services
System Administration
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246
voice: 518 443-5564
fax: 518 443-5358