This post will examine how outsourcing compares to new or non-traditional cataloging tasks that are performed at libraries.  For the sake of simplicity, non-traditional cataloging is defined in this post as any cataloging or metadata tasks outside of MARC-based cataloging or work relating to an ILS database.

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.

Also note, that the list of outsourced cataloging tasks rarely include any of the tasks listed below.  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. Dublin Core Metadata Creation

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for Dublin Core metadata creation? IN Cataloging Professional 56 49 0 105
Para-professional 22 10 0 32
Hourly staff 9 6 0 15
Outside Cataloging Professional 29 28 0 57
Para-professional 23 11 0 34
Hourly staff 11 7 0 18
Not done at my institution 41 55 0 96
I don’t know 9 5 0 14
Total 132 136 0 268

Outsourcing vs. PREMIS Metadata Creation

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for the PREMIS metadata creation? IN Cataloging Professional 7 4 0 11
Para-professional 2 0 0 2
Hourly staff 0 0 0 0
Outside Cataloging Professional 3 2 0 5
Para-professional 3 1 0 4
Hourly staff 0 0 0 0
Not done at my institution 92 108 0 200
I don’t know 20 12 0 32
Total 123 126 0 249

Outsourcing vs. MODS/METS Metadata Creation

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for MODS/METS metadata creation? IN Cataloging Professional 33 12 0 45
Para-professional 10 0 0 10
Hourly staff 7 0 0 7
Outside Cataloging Professional 20 8 0 28
Para-professional 11 6 0 17
Hourly staff 6 3 0 9
Not done at my institution 62 93 0 155
I don’t know 14 12 0 26
Total 124 126 0 250

Outsourcing vs. EAD

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for   Encoded Archival Description (EAD) creation? IN Cataloging Professional 21 22 0 43
Para-professional 9 8 0 17
Hourly staff 9 3 0 12
Outside Cataloging Professional 43 37 0 80
Para-professional 25 11 0 36
Hourly staff 8 7 0 15
Not done at my institution 40 64 0 104
I don’t know 11 7 0 18
Total 126 132 0 258

Outsourcing vs. Datasets/Data Management Metadata Creation

Do you outsource any cataloging tasks?
Yes No I don’t know Total
Who is responsible for Datasets/data management metadata creation? IN Cataloging Professional 36 44 0 80
Para-professional 16 12 0 28
Hourly staff 4 3 0 7
Outside Cataloging Professional 40 18 0 58
Para-professional 11 4 0 15
Hourly staff 4 1 0 5
Not done at my institution 37 60 0 97
I don’t know 15 14 0 29
Total 123 134 0 257
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