I found some more of the ALL ARABIC CHARACTERS mystery, this time in the form of books actually on the shelf, somehow having call numbers, but no other metadata in the catalog except for that generic title. Maybe we used to have cards for them and the description got lost in that retrospective conversion?
They are now cataloged. Maybe somebody else will be able to discover them now!
النهاية في مجرد الفقه والفتاوى / لأبي جعفر محمد بن الحسن بن علي الطوسي. (OCLC #15744405) and others.
Where is UAR on the shelf? (Uncataloged ARabic?)
About 20 years ago, the library received some Middle Eastern books which were then cataloged for circulation purposes, without being fully described. We eventually hired students to transcribe the title pages so that they could be fully cataloged, but some of the original (very brief) provisional records were never replaced.
Are these records useful now? Some have LCCNs as call numbers (!), and we do have some of those titles in the catalog on full records. We have migrated systems since the brief records were created, so no history is attached to them.
I am deleting the records for now; if these books ever materialize from their mysterious location, I’ll catalog them properly at that point!