Haven't publishers just made catalog maintenance a joy! I recently noticed one record for a loose-leaf publication, now issued by a publisher to be left unnamed, that had changed publisher statements three times in the last year. Until 1997, "Imprint varies" was not a note that I'd ever considered using on a loose-leaf publication.
The Bender binder replacement project is coming to a close, but have you finished all your bibliographic maintenance associated with that publisher's decision? I lost track of how many new binders came with new edition statements, but of course, they weren't always complete new editions. Notes had to be added such as "Updated to 3rd ed. , 1997." But perhaps my favorite change had to do with what was no longer there: series statements. Several Bender titles that were originally issued in a numbered series "lost" the series on the new binders and title pages. What does one do about the missing series? At LACLL we had originally thought we'd use the technique that appears on Practising Law Institute series when the serial program handbooks jump series:
490 1 1983-1996: Title of series 490 1 1997- : Title of series 830 0 Title of series. 830 0 Title of series.
How would the Library of Congress deal with this problem? Judy Kuhagen of LC's Cataloging Policy and Support Office replied via email:
We considered using the same approach used in serial cataloging, i.e., 490 with the coverage span, etc., but
that technique didn't "seem right" for looseleafs. We
decided on the following actions:
In a 500 note give information about the series title and the time period. Trace the series in an 8XX field.
A couple of the forms for the 500 note that she suggested included:
500 Series on t.p. from 1988-1994: Title of series. 500 On series t.p., 1990-1995: Title of series.
At LACLL we used one of the suggested notes on Franchising by Gladys Glickman, LC 76010835.
500 Series on t.p. from 1969 to Mar. 1997: Business organizations ; v. 15, 15A-15C. 830 _0 Business organizations ; $v v. 15, 15A-15C.
You can now take a look at other loose-leaf records like the above example on the Los Angeles County Law Library Web opac at <http://lalaw.lib.ca.us> A keyword search of "series on t.p." will get you quite a few other examples to consider.
Here's a wish for the new year: a lot of new cataloging records in our databases and a lot less maintenance caused by publisher consolidations and "improvements."