i have to agree that the illustrative analogy comparing
"cataloging" to the "welfare states of Europe" (france and Germany) is a
bit insulting. it is even weird. as opposed to what?
the non-welfare states of the United States, Vietnam, or China?
how about some metrics.
infant mortality rates from the cia world factbook:
france rank 215 4.21 deaths per 1,000 live births
germany rank 216 4.12 deaths per 1,000 live births
united states rank 184 6.43 deaths per 1,000 live births
vietnam rank 93 25.14 deaths per 1,000 live births
china rank 103 23.12 deaths per 1,000 live birhts
incarceration rates (world prison population list, 6th ed)
france 91 per 100,000 population
germany 96 per 100,000 population
united states 714 per 100,000 population
vietnam 71 per 100,000 population
china 118 per 100,000 population
i fail to see any analogy between welfare states and cataloging.
what's the point? should we (catalogers) all try to be less comfortable
and less secure? will that improve infant mortality rates
or prison incarceration rates?
A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library
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On Wed, 24 May 2006, David Banush wrote:
> To use an imperfect but illustrative analogy, cataloging today resembles the
> welfare states of Europe. Like contemporary Germany or France, it is marked
> by high labor costs and a high degree of regulation; is heavily
> bureaucratized in the form of a vast array of professional groups and
> institutional committees; and it has a rapidly aging population. Its
> prospects for long-term growth in a very dynamic global information economy
> are dim unless significant structural changes are made. Like many political
> and business leaders in Europe, most library leaders have identified the
> problems and know what needs to be done, at least generally. But they also
> realize that for the most part, the staff do not want change. Like life in
> the European welfare states, the professional environment for catalogers has
> been comfortable and secure ....