A Parade of Editors
The Law Cataloger
Technical Services Law Librarian
Melody Lembke, Editor
How could it be 20 years since I became the editor of the Law Cataloger? My recollections of accepting the responsibility to be the editor of this newsletter are tinged with sadness and trepidation. Sonya Sasuta from Cornell was the editor of the Law Cataloger and TS-SIS chair elect; she died in a car accident in January of 1979. Phyllis Marion wrote the memorium for her in issue v.4, no.3 (May 1979), the first issue I edited. I had been working at the Los Angeles County Law Library for a couple of years, but had yet to even have the privilege of attending an AALL annual meeting. Peter Enyingi, my boss, was very active in AALL’s Cataloging and Classification Committee and the newly hatched TS-SIS. Did I want to try this editor job? Knowing that he would be there to guide me gave me the confidence to say yes. We often think of our life today as being swamped with change. But there were lots of changes happening then as well: Ballots had just become RLIN; we were discussing freezing catalogs because of AACR2. The original publisher of the Law Cataloger was the Cataloging and Classification Committee of AALL which would soon be subsumed into the TS-SIS, and the OCLC-SIS would become the OBS-SIS. On the other hand, one of the topics noted in a 1978 issue was a possible reorganization of the constituent groups publishing the newsletter so as to eliminate duplicate efforts. How little things have really changed!
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