The Wall of Shame

This was a good day for my library attrocities collection.  You see I’ve been holding onto the truly awful items that make their way past my desk.  On my wall is a completely unspooled cassette tape in a plastic baggie that was returned hoping we could fix it.  Next to that is my personal favorite, a misprinted receipt that somehow brought into existence the unknown classic, Rogers and Hamerstein’s International Law and the United Nation.

Now today a colleague discovered that I had been working on this collection and she passed a few my way.  First up was the magic ISBN  (155902983) from Aerie books that is apparently used on every item they have ever published.  Type it into ALibris and you’ll max out the search.  It’s great in our catalog where we have Librarything for libraries, which of course pulls in information via ISBN.  According to our system the Secret Garden, Treasure Island, and and Little Prince are all different editions of the same book.

The second item was an oclc record (that has since been justifiably deleted from the system)  for an audiobook with 12 or 14 or 16 tapes that is apparently read by 1 of 3 possible readers.  The note that accompanied this refered to the record as being overFRBRed.

All in all a bad day for cataloging but a fun day for me.

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