outsourcedTasksSince nearly half of respondents reported that some cataloging tasks were outsourced, we asked them to describe the tasks that outsource to vendors. The tasks that were reported as being outsourced fell into the following categories:

  • Shelf-ready processing (including copy cataloging and physical processing)
  • Authority control
  • General cataloging (cataloging projects that don’t fit in other categories)
  • E-Resource cataloging (e.g. e-books, large electronic collections)
  • Foreign language cataloging
  • Special formats cataloging (e.g. music scores, CDs, DVDs, microforms, maps)
  • Other (ILS maintenance, EAD creation, text mark-up, non-MARC metadata)