Re: OG (aka Organic Gardening) Carol Morse 29 Jan 2004 16:47 UTC

I decided to call the whole run Organic Gardening for the reasons you
state below, whether or not it's according to the rules. Of course, I
put notes in about the OG part of it. The local library has the latitute
to present their collection in reasonable ways that serve the patrons
best. (This is my understanding of librarianship, but then I tend to be
a pragmatist, not a purist).
Carol Morse


Walla Walla College Library
Periodicals Dept.
104 S. College Ave.
College Place, WA  99324-1159

Carol Morse
Serials Librarian
509) 527-2684; fax 509) 527-2001

>>> dgriffis@RICHLAND.LIB.SC.US 1/29/2004 7:43:43 AM >>>
I am wondering how other libraries that shelve their serials
alphabetically are handling the problem of Organic Gardening (now
forever stuck with the title "OG" - probably one of the worst title
change decisions ever made!).  I understand the theory of fewer new
records, which motivated the new cataloging rules, and it's a great
solution for publishers who waffle back and forth and can't seem to
decide whether they want their publication to be called by its name or
its acronym!  But how do we handle a title where the publisher states in
one of their issues that they made a mistake in changing their title,
and now want to be known forever after as the previous title?  For us,
it means we have to slap an "OG" label on every issue, so our shelvers
know where to put it.  Now we have received the 2003 microfilm from
ProQuest - yep, it came in 2 boxes, on 2 separate reels!  Jan-Apr 2003
is labeled O G, May-Dec 2003 is labeled Organic Gardening.  I guess
we'll be relabeling microfi!
 lm forever.  I feel like writing to Rodale and suggesting that they
change their name to something totally different - how about going back
to Rodale's Organic Gardening for a while? - so we can do a true title
change.  Then if they want to be called Organic Gardening, in a few
months they can change it again, and we will have to accommodate them,
because after all, it's a change in the first five words!  Does anyone
else share my frustration?  Thanks for allowing me the chance to vent!

Deborah L. Griffis
Periodicals Librarian
Richland County Public Library
2001 Library of the Year
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