All over but the shouting

No, I’m not referring to the Replacements or any other ’80s band, but to the fact that the cataloging of  all of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition materials held by Special Collections finally seems to be finished.  Many thanks to the Mendery for liberating several of these publications from a previously “bound together” state and for everyone involved in getting them shelf ready and able to be requested in the reading room.

Contents list and cover from publications formerly bound together
Contents list and cover from publications formerly bound together

Not that it is something that is necessarily worth getting all that sentimental about, but I cannot help feeling some mixture of chagrin and amusement whenever I am in the position of revising work done by prior hands.  Binding these publications together and describing them briefly all in one record may seem a little questionable now, but it did serve its purpose well enough for many years.  In an information world where everything is evolving so rapidly, how soon will it be before someone questions the decision to catalog these individual publications separately (and in far more detail) and finds that approach a bit dated?

But enough philosophizing, as, drunk with power, I prepare to delete this record from our local catalog.

Screen shot of catalog record to be deleted
Screen shot of catalog record to be deleted

Ciao!

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Helice

Although I am a native New Yorker, I seem drawn to the Pacific Northwest. My current gig as Manuscripts & Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries represents my third stint out here. Prior to coming to the UW, I have worked at the New York Public Library, King County Archives, New York University, and Columbia University (to name but a few).

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