We catalogers are an endangered species…..
Sherry E. F. Kish
Sr. Cataloging Librarian
Ralph J. Bunche Library
U.S. Department of State
2201 C. St., NW, Rm. 2438
Washington, D.C. 20520
(202) 647-1994 voice
(202) 647-0203 fax
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The profession of Cataloging Librarian is dying out, if not dead. Whenever I search the ALA JobList and choose "Cataloger" from the pull-down, there are zero results nationwide. Institutions want a Digital or Metadata or Technical Something instead of someone who can catalog. The former cataloging jobs are now IT jobs. I, a cataloger, would not be able to find a job if I were searching today.
On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 12:05 PM John Gordon Marr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
OTOH, do we need such complex standards, especially if they result in “too much work to be done” (relative to the purpose of the work), are the purposes of cataloging being expanded too far, could the specific aspects of cataloging be handled more efficiently by greater division of labor, and why are more catalogers not becoming available?
John G. Marr
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87010
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I think the problem is that we need more catalogers, period. There is simply too much work to be done, and it is not realistic to expect every PCC member institution to perform *all* of their cataloging at full level PCC standards. If that were a requirement, I think we'd see PCC membership drop precipitously.