RE: Outsourcing cataloging question
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This outsourcing of cataloging seems like just another dismal trend in
our "profession," which will inevitably lead to sloppy catalogs and less
control over our jobs and lives. This may sound unfashionable, but
having a cataloging staff means cataloging more attuned to your audience
and it keeps money in your own town.
We have a library school intern here who told me that some library
schools no longer offer cataloging classes, which will only mean a
generation of de-skilled, airhead librarians who don't have the foggiest
idea as to how information is classified, arranged etc. How pathetic.
How many public service librarians have you met who look upon MARC
records as if they were written in High Church Slavonic? Most of them.
Hey, here's a revolutionary idea, why don't we send most of the public
service librarians packing and just have 24x7 virtual reference
librarians based out of Hyderabad. Imagine the savings!
Head of Cataloging
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[mailto:innopac-bounces at innopacusers dot org] On Behalf Of Merry, Lois
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 8:00 AM
To: innopac at innopacusers dot org
Subject: Outsourcing cataloging question
Hello list members,
I'd like to hear about the experiences of those who have outsourced
cataloging. Mason Library serves a public college with approximately
5,000 students. Our cataloging staff consists of one catalog librarian,
two cataloging supervisors, one part-time volunteer and five student
workers who work approximately 22 hours weekly. We are considering
outsourcing some of our cataloging, but want to hear about the pros and
cons from those who have taken this route. Contact me directly or post
to the list if you think the group would benefit from your comments.
Lois K. Merry
Head of Technical Services and Collection Development
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-3201
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