This post will examine how outsourcing compares to cataloging tasks that are performed at libraries.

Please note that the survey did not ask if these specific tasks were outsourced.  It only asked IF cataloging tasks were outsourced.  If respondents answered yes, a free text field was available to explain what kinds of cataloging tasks were outsourced. (Responses were often provided in a narrative form by the respondent.)  This post will only compare whether or not any outsourcing occurred against where specific tasks are done in the library.

To see the most common types of cataloging tasks outsourced, please see the post entitled Specific Cataloging Tasks Outsourced or the post including a word cloud of the most common free-text responses entitled Outsourced Cataloging Tasks.

 

Outsourcing vs. MARC Original Cataloging

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for MARC original cataloging? IN Cataloging Professional 127 135 0 262
Para-professional 45 42 0 87
Hourly staff 23 14 0 37
Outside Cataloging Professional 23 5 0 28
Para-professional 3 2 0 5
Hourly staff 5 0 0 5
Not done at my institution 3 0 0 3
I don’t know 0 0 0 0
Total 141 153 0 294

 

Outsourcing vs. MARC Copy Cataloging

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for MARC copy cataloging? IN Cataloging Professional 74 84 0 158
Para-professional 90 83 0 173
Hourly staff 52 42 0 94
Outside Cataloging Professional 17 4 0 21
Para-professional 14 7 0 21
Hourly staff 11 5 0 16
Not done at my institution 5 0 0 5
I don’t know 0 0 0 0
Total 138 147 0 285

 

Outsourcing vs. Serials Cataloging

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for the serials cataloging? IN Cataloging Professional 101 105 0 206
Para-professional 56 52 0 108
Hourly staff 20 15 0 35
Outside Cataloging Professional 14 13 0 27
Para-professional 15 9 0 24
Hourly staff 5 0 0 5
Not done at my institution 0 2 0 2
I don’t know 0 0 0 0
Total 135 145 0 280

 

 Outsourcing vs. ILS Maintenance

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for   the Integrated Library System (ILS) maintenance? IN Cataloging Professional 59 75 0 134
Para-professional 29 26 0 55
Hourly staff 10 12 0 22
Outside Cataloging Professional 55 55 0 110
Para-professional 19 23 0 42
Hourly staff 5 2 0 7
Not done at my institution 4 9 0 13
I don’t know 2 2 0 4
Total 130 138 0 268

 

Outsourcing vs. Authority Record Creation

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for Authority creation (NACO/SACO)? IN Cataloging Professional 80 58 0 138
Para-professional 20 16 0 36
Hourly staff 7 3 0 10
Outside Cataloging Professional 11 2 0 13
Para-professional 3 0 0 3
Hourly staff 0 0 0 0
Not done at my institution 39 70 0 109
I don’t know 2 1 0 3
Total 128 135 0 263

 

Outsourcing vs. Authority Control Maintenance

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for the   authority control maintenance? IN Cataloging Professional 95 86 0 181
Para-professional 35 33 0 68
Hourly staff 18 13 0 31
Outside Cataloging Professional 17 10 0 27
Para-professional 6 4 0 10
Hourly staff 2 2 0 4
Not done at my institution 12 30 0 42
I don’t know 2 1 0 3
Total 128 142 0 270

 

Outsourcing vs. E-Resource Record Maintenance

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for- E-Resource record maintenance? IN Cataloging Professional 86 96 0 182
Para-professional 49 40 0 89
Hourly staff 21 13 0 34
Outside Cataloging Professional 37 38 0 75
Para-professional 26 15 0 41
Hourly staff 10 0 0 10
Not done at my institution 1 4 0 5
I don’t know 2 1 0 3
Total 131 140 0 271

 

Outsourcing vs. Cataloging Policy Creation

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for Cataloging policy creation? IN Cataloging Professional 121 125 0 246
Para-professional 18 22 0 40
Hourly staff 4 3 0 7
Outside Cataloging Professional 18 12 0 30
Para-professional 2 3 0 5
Hourly staff 0 0 0 0
Not done at my institution 0 2 0 2
I don’t know 1 0 0 1
Total 132 137 0 269

 

 

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