Thank WMS from OCLC for the situation of the need for catalogers. As long as vendors are the sources of the records and OCLC is updating them with things like FAST headings (which may be the same as the LCSH headings (a true statement) and as long as WMS says the master record is your local record and you may not change the master record to fit your local needs or requirements (i.e. is the classification correct?). I loved cataloging; it involved everything I had learned in other fields of study. In some places, not to be mentioned, OCLC records, whatever their state, are used--just put your ownership symbol on the record (which is automatically done when you order books that are part of submitting records of your acquisitions.Just remember, the master record can NEVER be the local record.Gene FiegOn Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:27 AM Ann Heinrichs <[log in to unmask]> wrote: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.