This post will look at how faculty status impacts the outsourcing of cataloging.   321 respondents answered the question regarding outsourcing cataloging tasks and the faculty status of employees.  Here are the breakdowns.

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total  Total %
Faculty Status Faculty, tenure-track 65 55 0 120 37.38%
Faculty, non-tenure track 33 45 0 78 24.30%
Non-faculty status, but with continuing appointment 39 40 0 79 24.61%
Non-faculty status, no continuing appointment 22 21 0 43 13.40%
I don’t know 0 3 0 3 0.93%
Other (please explain below): 21 15 0 36 11.21%
Total 154 167 0 321
Total % 47.98% 52.02% 0% 100%
Table 1 – Faculty Status vs. Outsourcing

In Table 1,  the breakdown between outsourcing and non outsourcing is relatively close to what has been seen in other breakdown with 48% outsourcing and 52% not outsourcing.  However, the type of faculty status reported by respondents needs to be simplified further because the survey allowed respondents to select more than one answers to the type of faculty status. (For example, respondents with mixed statuses of both “Faculty, tenure-track” and “Faculty, non-tenure track” show up twice in Table 1.)

Responses
Faculty, tenure-track 49
Faculty, non-tenure track 24
Non-faculty status, but with continuing appointment 30
Non-faculty status, no continuing appointment 17
Mixed status 21
Other 13
Table 2 – Faculty status for respondents reporting outsourcing

Table 2 (and the following tables) will show the faculty status in simplified categories.  For instance,  the 49 respondents that checked “Faculty, tenure-track” only selected that one option and did not select any others.  The same is true for the “Faculty, non-tenure track,” “Non-faculty status, but with continuing appointment,” and “Non-faculty, no continuing appointment” categories.  The 21 respondents who are categorized as “Mixed Status” selected more than one of the four options listed.  Respondents that are categorized as “Other” had a variety of scenarios that did not fit into four options presented.

What is being outsourcing?

Categories of Outsourcing
Shelf Ready Authority Control General Cataloging/Processing Electronic Resources Foreign Language Cataloging Special Projects/Backlogs Special Formats Cataloging Other
Faculty, tenure-track 14 17 7 9 7 3 8 3
Faculty, non-tenure track 10 3 9 4 3 2 2 1
Non-faculty status, but with continuing appointment 11 11 7 4 7 4 2 4
Non-faculty status, no continuing appointment 3 5 4 4 3 1 3 1
Mixed status 5 7 3 5 5 1 2 1
Other 5 4 5 3 2 0 2 0
Table 3 – Categories of outsourcing measured against faculty status of cataloging units

As with other breakdowns of outsourcing tasks, the majority of outsourcing reported was concentrated in the “Shelf Ready” and “Authority Control” categories.  A “ranking” of the categories for each faculty status type is below (Table 4).  It is interesting to note that the cataloging units composed of “Faculty, Tenure-Track” professionals  reported outsourcing special format outsourcing more often than the rest.

 

Faculty, tenure-track Faculty, non-tenure track Non-faculty status, but with continuing appointment Non-faculty status, no continuing appointment Mixed status Other
1 Authority Control Shelf Ready Shelf Ready Authority Control Authority Control Shelf Ready
2 Shelf Ready General Cataloging/Processing Authority Control General Cataloging/Process Shelf Ready General Cataloging/Processing
3 Electronic Resources Electronic Resources General Cataloging/Processing Electronic Resources Electronic Resources Authority Control
4 Special Formats Authority Control Foreign Language Shelf Ready Foreign Language Electronic Resources
5 General Cataloging/Processing Foreign Language Electronic Resources Foreign Language General Cataloging/Processing Foreign Language
6 Foreign Language Projects/Backlogs Projects/Backlogs Special Format Special Formats Special Formats
7 Projects/Backlogs Special Formats Other Project/Backlog Projects/Backlogs Projects/Backlogs
8 Other Other Special Formats Other Other Other
Table 4 – Ranking of outsourcing type by faculty status

 

If we combine the totals for General Cataloging/Processing with Shelf Ready (because the free-text responses gathered often indicated the respondents were talking about a shelf ready program

 

Categories of Outsourcing
Shelf Ready Authority Control General Cataloging/Processing Electronic Resources Foreign Language Cataloging Special Projects/Backlogs Special Formats Cataloging Other
Faculty, tenure-track 21 17 x 9 7 3 8 3
Faculty, non-tenure track 19 3 x 4 3 2 2 1
Non-faculty status, but with continuing appointment 15 11 x 4 7 4 2 4
Non-faculty status, no continuing appointment 7 5 x 4 3 1 3 1
Mixed status 8 7 x 5 5 1 2 1
Other 10 4 x 3 2 0 2 0

 

 

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