Although there are more courses in IO & cataloging being offered (yay), an informal survey of school websites that I did in the Winter this year shows that fewer than 50% of schools have full-time doctoral educated faculty who specialize in IO teaching cataloging classes (I'm planning on writing this up for publication later in the summer). This situation seems to me to be at the level that could be called crisis.
I'm concerned that we do not have enough doctoral students who are pursuing cataloging and who can take leadership positions in schools (as in, leading curriculum development, etc.). I have only one student who will be qualified to teach cataloging and who has it as her dissertation topic (I have several other doctoral students who are IO but not cataloging). How about the rest of you? Do you have students who will want to be cataloging faculty when they graduate? Are you finding it as difficult to recruit as I am?
iSchool, University of Washington