Catherine M. Tierney, Editor
My two years as editor (1981-83, according to an old résumé) started with an unpleasant, unforgettable mistake – a true learning experience. To this day I can barely live with the shame, so I am relieved for the opportunity to unburden myself. I was responsible for my very first issue being printed on 8 ½ x 11 portrait paper, rather than on the stapled bifold of the previous issues. It was my first issue (I was self-assured), the deadline was considerably overdue (my own fault), the budget was fixed (at least I didn’t fool with that) – and at the eleventh hour the printer said, “What? I don’t do bifold.” It was probably snowing, and I probably was too frenzied at my office to drop everything to scour Boston for another printer in the impossible timeframe. Yeah, something like that. I gave anguished approval to go ahead and print it, years before “Just do it!” was in vogue. I do remember feeling this was about the worst thing I could do for my inaugural issue — me, a TECHNICAL SERVICES LAW LIBRARIAN (albeit a rookie)! If I were on the receiving end of such a publication change, I’d have lambasted the inconsiderate dolt responsible. The binding challenge facing all of you haunted me. I recall apologizing in the next issue, and though I have no memories of anyone excoriating me, I burn with my own. Does anyone else remember? Do you even keep these things, let along BIND them? Maybe I shouldn’t dredge up your memories!
Catherine M. Tierney
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services
Stanford University Libraries