Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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This issue is the first that appears following my appointment as editor of Library Resources and Technical Services, for a five-year term, following my one year appointment as interim editor. I'm truly honored to be selected to continue in the position that I have found stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable. I'm very pleased to announce that Edward Swanson has accepted an appointment to continue as book review editor, a position he held on an interim basis as well.

Papers in this issue speak to many interests. Martha M. Yee surveys the cataloging literature to identify problems with the MARC 21 format. She sorts the problems into categories, resulting is one set of problems that she calls "true MARC 21 problems." Yee then offers recommendations to address these problems. She notes the sophisticated system that we have developed to link and demonstrate relationships, which facilitate resource retrieval.

Whitney Baker explores the challenging positions held by those library professionals whom she calls "hybrid" conservators. A hybrid conservator is responsible for both oversight of batched, mass production treatments (usually for circulating collections) and the execution of single-item treatments (usually for special collections). Fulfilling these two performance expectations can stress and stretch a conservator, yet combining the roles is net uncommon. Baker concludes with advice on balancing the demands of both responsibilities.

"Zines and the Library," by Richard A. …

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