November 22, 2011
Hello Catalogers of Graham's Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell (2011)
Hat tip to NKU Law's Carol Bredemeyer for calling attention to the fact that "evidence" was omitted from the title page for the latest edition of TR Legal's Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell. Quoting from her recent lawlib list message, "Big opps there, TR Legal!"
Don't think cataloging rules have changed so much since I did a wee bit some 30-plus years ago that title pages aren't still used as the primary source for cataloging with a note field for cover page title. Might be time for a uniform title entry to substitute for "Federal Rules of" title entry? More uniform title entries to follow?
Just how much sloppier can the production editorial staff get before pushing the "send to" manufacturing buttom. My bad, that assumes TR Legal still employs production editors. "Never assume" is just a good rule for lawyering. Clearly it now applies to libraries' automatic shipments and cataloging (and advertising and acquisition decisions) these days.
Since this goof was not to the best of my knowledge officially communicated by CRIV-Lite to TR Legal, we may never see a "Dear Colleagues" response from TR Legal. If we ever do, which of the follow three possibilities do you think would most likely be representative of TR Legal's communication in terms of tenor:
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for calling attention to another one of our screw-ups. You will receive a corrected title page and a bottle of Elmer's glue to tip it into your copy or copies of "Federal Rules of" at no charge other than your staff time.
Like OMG, thanks for the heads-up. We had no idea but we will ship out new copies with a corrected title page as soon as manufacturing spits out all the year-end crap we are sending to you. While we will kill more trees to do this, the new copies will be sent free of charge. As you know, we never "charge for shipping" anyway.
Based on customer input, we no longer find it necessary to provide accurate title page information for cataloging purposes. Just as our customers have indicated that our print format switcheroos don't require much work to change bib records from former loose-leaf services to some sort of generic serial record for annual and semi-annual pamphet editions, we believe the most efficient way to address this change is to switch over to a generic series title, namely "Nutshells," and cutter all topical Nutshells solely by year of publication, at least until we stop indicating their year of publication.
This is what happens when you send work that used to be done in the United States over to the Philippines. TR customers should get used to the mistakes because they definitely aren't going away.
Posted by: Melvin | Nov 23, 2011 12:57:04 AM