ALCTS Seeks Nominations for the Worst Serial Title Change of the Year Awards

The ALCTS Serials Section Worst Serial Title Change of the Year Committee is seeking nominations for the 2002 awards. You’ve heard of the Golden Globes, the Oscars, and the Grammies? Well, these awards are closer to the Raspberries, or maybe Mr. Blackwell’s Worst Dressed List. Past winners (1984–2001) are on the ALCTS Web site.

In order to be eligible for an award, title changes must have occurred during calendar year 2001. It would be helpful if you send surrogates of the title change (i.e., the “before” and “after”) from the issues encompassing the change and copies of the bibliographic records, to authenticate your nomination. We would also be interested in a category or name for your nominee, if you have one (e.g., the "Shorter, but not Sweeter Award" or the "Everything Old Is New Again Award" (for the serial that decided to change back to a previous title), or the "Unwanted Preposition Award." We’re also interested in nominations for the perennial "Snake in the Grass Award," which goes to library-related publications that change title when they should know better. You can even send in a nomination for the "Lifetime Achievement Award," which could be for particularly egregious title changes from the past that may or may not have occurred in 2001.

We’re interested in nominations for serials in any print or electronic format for this “prestigious” award. Although we won’t be handing out the awards until June 2002, it’s never too early to submit a nomination. Do it today! Send nominations to: Gene Dickerson, Serial Records Section, National Library of Medicine, Bldg. 38, Room B1W10, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894. E-mail: dickerse@mail.nlm.nih.gov. Fax: (301) 402-0422.

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