Friday, April 25, 2008

Wrinkles in the cataloging...

The down-side to suddenly being cataloged is that not all the details have been worked out. I discovered today that, on account of the call number for my books starting with ALTERED, if you search the old-style catalog (also known as 'classic') by title, results are listed alphabetically, causing mine - the unreadable version - to be listed first.

So by 2 pm this afternoon 5 people had put holds on the altered book by mistake. Oops. Damage control time - I sent all those people an email, asking if they had actually wanted a copy of the real book, and explained what they had actually put on hold, then put the real book on hold for each of them, just to be on the safe side. Then a cataloger kindly made both of my books non-circulating. Whew.

This shows both that most people don't read the catalog closely, and that as a result we have to think more about how to make it clearer that my books are different. Maybe we can add a subtitle to each one, as in Water for Elephants: an altered book. That wasn't my first preference, but maybe by drawing more attention to how my versions are different, I'll also draw more attention to the altered collection in general. Which would be good, because what's the point in doing all this work if no one knows about it?

2 comments:

Jane Griswold Radocchia said...

I think the mistake is great - 5 people may look at your book and then tell other people about it - and there you were catching it and correcting it in person,thoughtfully, professionally - sounds like excellent publicity

Alex Zealand said...

I am hoping so...