I had started in on one of the readings for my Metadata class, before I looked over my shoulder at a book which I haven’t touched since the first week of classes. Then I realized that the author of that book and the author we were directed to read last week (the PDF which is only partially readable) share the same last name. And the reading assignment picks up where my last reading assignment in the textbook, left off. And wait — am I supposed to be reading in the textbook and not the PDF, and the PDF is only in case I don’t have access to the textbook?
I could write to the Prof. and ask for clarification: if we are directed to read a given text both online and in our textbooks, by the same author, are we supposed to read the textbook, or the uploaded file? I take it that the textbook is superior, however, because it’s a later (revamped) edition, and it didn’t seem much effort was put into the scans.
My best instincts tell me to read the textbook version, particularly as we’re dealing with technology, and the previous edition was published 11 years ago. I think that the scans are of the previous edition, and I’m actually supposed to be preferably reading the 2nd edition. (and it would make things easier on me)
And there is the issue of what happens if I write in and ask which text to read, and am directed to the wrong text (or wrong section of text) — resulting in wasted time and effort. This has happened three times in my Cataloging class, already; and it’s frustrating; and basically, I’m not entirely sure how much I can trust my Professors’ best intentions over my own instincts and common sense.
So I’ll be reading the textbook, for now. Especially as I can’t really read the PDF…