Re: LRTS - one might expect better Sadowski, Frank 26 Apr 2007 15:52 UTC

I think we're being a bit unfair here, although the publication of this
issue could have been handled a little better.  I just received a
plastic-jacketed vol. 51, no. 2, April 2007 issue accompanied by the
reproduction vol. 1, no. 1 issue.

First, on page 80 of vol. 51, no. 2, April 2007, there is the statement
"ALCTS members and ... Subscribers will also enjoy anniversary articles,
a complimentary copy of ... and the reissue of LRTS volume 1, number 1."
Fair warning, if a bit buried in the issue.

Second, the editorial on the inside front cover does not date the issue.
It is a reprint of the LRTS 50(3), July 2006 editorial.  If you check
the July 2006 issue, you will find the exact editorial word-for-word.

Part of the problem, I suspect, is that someone opens the plastic jacket
and sends the two issues to someone else to check them in.  Thus the
context is lost.

Granted, it would have been nice if ALCTS had made it a little more
clear on the issue that vol. 1, no. 1 was a commemorative reprint, but
it seemed apparent to me.

Just my 2 cents.
Frank E. Sadowski Jr.
Principal Cataloger
River Campus Libraries
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

(585) 275-4496

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From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Holzapfel, Arabella
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:37 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] LRTS - one might expect better

	Greetings serialst-ers,

	A couple of weeks ago we received an issue which has an outside
cover and contents that can only be described as vol. 1, no. 1 of
Library resources and technical services (LRTS), dated Winter '57.  On
the inside front cover is an editorial by Peggy Johnson - the first
sentence reads "The Association for Libraries Collections and Technical
Services (ALCTS) will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2007."  She
then goes on to describe a bit of the publishing history of ALCTS.  The
second paragraph begins "The first two volumes of LRTS address topics
eerily familiar fifty years later."  She describes some of those eery
similarities, then concludes by recognizing the work of previous editors
of LRTS.  The inside back cover features a list of ALCTS/RTSD past

	There are only two indications of a contemporary publishing date
- appearing on the line after the editor's name is this designation:
	LRTS 50(3), July 2006;
	and on the back cover it states copyright 2007 American Library

	A reasonable person can conjecture that this is a special
printing of v.1, no.1 in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of this
publication - the organ of an Association dedicated to the pursuit of
accuracy, standardization, and rigor.  Based on the information provided
on the issue, one would be tempted to check it in as v.50, no.3, with a
cover date of July 2006.  Alas, that cannot be done on our system
because we received that issue July 11, 2006.  Since we have
subsequently received v.51, no.1 (dated January 2007) on January 19th of
this year, and v.51, no.2 (dated April 2007) on April 10, 2007, I can
see at least two possibilities.  One is that this is a part of the
regular LRTS publication schedule, and should be v.51, no.3 of July
2007.  The fact that there is such a designation on the issue, albeit
quite cryptic and off by a year, lends support to this possibility.
However, since the previous publication schedule adheres so closely to
the cover dates, one wonders if this is a special issue or supplement.
And, if so, will this be the only one, or will each issue of the first
two volumes that "address topics eerily familiar fifty years later" be
forthcoming?  If anyone out there can offer explicit guidance regarding
how to check this issue in, I would be grateful.  Meanwhile, can we
nominate this for the "Snake in the Grass" award?

	Best wishes,

Arabella Holzapfel
Middlebury College Library
Serials Dept.
110 Storrs Ave.
Middlebury, VT  05753