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And back in 1983 when i started library school, i was told not to go 
into cataloging, since it was a dead profession and shortly there would 
be no professional catalogers.

greta

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Greta de Groat
Stanford University Libraries

On 4/16/2019 12:31 PM, Stephen Early wrote:
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> Back in 1985, when I was preparing for library school, a librarian at 
> my alma mater whom I interviewed for advice gave me the following: “if 
> you want guaranteed employment once you get your MLS, study to be a 
> cataloger, because no one wants to be a cataloger. Better yet, study 
> to be a serials cataloger, because most catalogers don’t want to be 
> serials catalogers.”
>
> Stephen T. Early
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> Cataloger
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> Center for Research Libraries
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> Chicago, IL  60637
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> *From:*Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Ann Heinrichs
> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:55 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: [PCCLIST] Modified vendor records
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> At a conference I attended last year, tech services people discussed 
> "succession planning" -- planning for, nurturing, and mentoring the 
> next generation of catalogers. One issue was that fewer and fewer MLIS 
> students want to be catalogers. (How could anyone resist the delicious 
> field of cataloging?!) So there is both a dearth of the "pull" factor 
> and a dearth of the "push" factor.
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> On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 1:38 PM John Gordon Marr <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
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>     That’s typical, but how much of that attrition (in general) and
>     the reduced number of catalogers (in general) has been due to
>     budgetary constraints (themselves due to political decisions in
>     funding bodies) and/or acceptance of vendor-provided catalog
>     records that go unreviewed?
>
>     John G. Marr
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>     Collections
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>     Zimmerman Library
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>     University of New Mexico
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>     Albuquerque, NM 87010
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>     **"I really like to know the reasons for what I do!"**
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>     Martha Watson
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>     Opinions belong exclusively to the individuals expressing them,
>     but sharing is permitted.
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>     *From:*Program for Cooperative Cataloging
>     <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> *On
>     Behalf Of *Beth Guay
>     *Sent:* Tuesday, April 16, 2019 11:13 AM
>     *To:* [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>     *Subject:* Re: [PCCLIST] Modified vendor records
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>     My institution had 14 catalog librarians (librarian and equivalent
>     masters degrees), including those in supervisory roles. Today
>     there are 6 by my count, including those in  supervisory roles.
>
>     My question is, do library administrators value cataloging as much
>     as they once did? I had a conversation with an administrator whose
>     eyes glazed over as I discussed how I work on catalog records
>     one-at-a-time, on ***one name authority or series authority record
>     one-at-a-time*** and so one ... So every year in my self
>     evaluation I connect at least a few of these NACO "one at at
>     timers" to the Libraries' collections and to their future value
>     (that is the future value of the records once library linked data
>     migration takes place) ... the good news is that we have faculty
>     status at my institution, which means that in addition to
>     administrators, a peer review committee from across the Libraries
>     read what I write, and I know that they value my work ...
>
>
>
> -- 
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> *Ann Heinrichs*
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> Metadata/Cataloging Librarian | The Paul Bechtold Library
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> Catholic Theological Union
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> 5401 S. Cornell Ave. | Chicago, IL 60615 | ctu.edu <http://ctu.edu/>
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