As I’m getting ready to leave for IFLA, I’m already thinking ahead to future blog posts. There’s one area of cataloguing that has really grabbed my attention: the debate between outsourcing and in-house cataloguing. In addition to what I come across at IFLA, I’d like to explore this idea of outsourcing. Why do libraries decide to do it? What are the pros and cons? What do libraries lose when they decide to outsource? Is there a future for cataloguers in libraries?
I’ve been gathering and reading the literature on this topic. One of the most disturbing themes I’ve come across is that cataloguing is NOT considered a core library function. What?!!