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Question about Title Alphabetizing (2 messages) Marcia Tuttle 15 Jul 1998 20:45 UTC


>From LIBCLAY@ACS.EKU.EDU Wed Jul 15 16:43:59 1998
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 09:26:24 -0400
From: Genevieve <LIBCLAY@ACS.EKU.EDU>
Subject: title alphabetizing

Our vendor alphabetizes in the recently-discussed manner.  We've been with
this vendor for 18 years, and this has been a pain for 18 years.  Other
factors concerning our relationship with this vendor override the
alphabetizing headache, so we remain with the vendor, but it still
remains a sore spot!  Last year we ended up having to make our own
database for a project.  It cost us lots of staff time for 2,500 titles!
We had requested a particular report from the vendor but ended up not being
able to use the report with our faculty, as we had hoped, simply because
of the alphabetizing in the report.

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>From Wed Jul 15 16:43:59 1998
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:25:34 -0500
From: Saretta Burke <>
Subject: Question about Title Alphabetizing

I also have been unhappy about the way our vendor (Ebsco, if you must
know) alphabetize titles on their invoices and renewal notices.  It
took me quite a  while to figure out their practices.I especially
have trouble explaining non-use of "every word in order" to my
student helpers, who have just learned how "we" do it, as librarians.
They are accustomed to locating things by initials, and to use the
whole, correct title is a big step for them. Then to have to unlearn
it in certain circumstances... a puzzlement.

Our dean, however, was surprised to find that we use standard library
practice in shelving periodicals; in his previous position, they
dropped all prepositions.

I also have had a problem with numerals.  New rules use them at the
beginning of the file, old rules spell them out and file with the
words.  Is this a real reason to re-catalog?  i.e.From 9 to 5. or is
it From Nine to Five?  Saretta
Saretta K. Burke
Owens Community College Library
P O Box 10,000
Toledo, OH  43699-1947
voice: 419-661-7221
fax: 419-661-7021