A catalog of reproductions and publications : color slides, books, catalogs, educational materials / National Gallery of Art. (OCLC #906962810)

It is said that metadata is a love note to the future, but sometimes that correspondence is vague and you end up in a “big laundry” situation.

I don’t know what “OCIR hole punch” means, but the years written on the shelf-list card and the label lead me to believe that we used to have 1969 volume, which was replaced with the 1971 version when it arrived, keeping the same SuDoc number. Lacking any other information, I cataloged the new volume on its own record with this SuDoc number.


Roy Lichtenstein : a retrospective : National Gallery of Art, October 14-January 13, East Building. (OCLC #819413342)

We keep small government documents like this one (88 x 88 mm) in envelopes on the shelf, but put the barcode directly on the piece (in case they get separated). Sometimes there isn’t enough room to put it on there without covering important information (the SuDoc and Depository stickers were already present when the piece came to cataloging).

I brought this piece to a meeting, and several options were suggested:

  • Put the card in a small binder and barcode that?
  • Encapsulate?
  • Enclose in a smaller envelope, and barcode that?
  • Barcode the envelope?
  • Barcode the envelope, with a note indicating to check for the piece?

I brought it to the labeling technician, who just trimmed some of the white sticker around the barcode so that it fit: