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Old-time Catalogers--Grrrr!

Does anyone ever look at an LC number and wonder what the hell the person who cataloged it was thinking? I have a book right now that has B29 in the call number and it doesn't match up with anything in the title, publisher, or author. I think sometimes they just made up stuff cause they could.


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Jan. 21st, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
LOL, I run into that all the time when I get old books that need new labels! Drives me crazy. At least I'm allowed to change it most of the time so it fits. One day, I want to just go down every shelf in our collection and correct all the incorrect call numbers...

Edited at 2014-01-21 06:14 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
well, some of my best friends are catalogers....but......YES.
Jan. 21st, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
Catalogi was the bane of library program. I had the green and orange AARC2 books. I remember after being told all these rules that there were exceptions and it drove me nutty :) I wouldn't be surprised if someone just fudged stuff at five on a Friday :)
Jan. 21st, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
That's probably what happened. hehehe. I'm still learning how to catalog correctly and I get really confused when I run across LC call numbers like that. I tried to figure it out for a half hour before I went to my supervisor and asked wtf?
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
Maybe it was an old rule and it was correct at the time? Things don't get recatalogued when the rules change, after all.
Jan. 22nd, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
Try telling that to our catalogers. Far too many of them think they should be spending all of their time "updating" existing records in the wake of RDA rather than working to reduce our extensive backlog of items that have no records whatsoever. Idiots.
Jan. 23rd, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, what a colossal waste of time. We would get in serious trouble for pulling that shit--but then again, every cataloger I know finds RDA wicked annoying, so no one would even consider doing that voluntarily.
Jan. 27th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
We're not even using RDA yet but I can understand wanting to update all of the existing records but we only update if something has been requested or used by a patron. Our regular catalogers are waiting until RDA gets a little more settled I guess.
Jan. 23rd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Whoever cataloged it cribbed the number and forgot to change the cutter? (Because I've never had to clean up after another cataloger who did such a thing. Nope, not ever.)
Jan. 27th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
Is this perhaps a similar case of a non-obvious source of Cutter to that of large swaths of the literature area of LC classification?

(In that particular case, Cutters are based on the *second* letter of the author's last name, because the first letter is already accounted for as part of the call number itself. There are a few other somewhat obscure non-author/title Cuttering instructions sprinkled throughout LC that can be non-obvious at first, but make some level of sense when you find out why they're done that way.)

Of course, typos & copypasta errors also do happen, even to catalogers. (Especially to shorthanded & overworked catalogers, but that's a mofo rant all of its own.)
Jan. 27th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
I thought maybe it was some non-obvious rule that might have existed at one time but no longer does. That's why I took it to my supervisor but he was pretty confused about it too. We just kinda went with it.
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