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Outsourcing Cataloging, Authority Work, and Physical Processing: A Checklist of Considerations
Marie A. Kascus & Dawn Hale (Editors)
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3449-4
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40 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3449-4
Year Published: 1994
Guides librarians through the outsourcing procss for cataloging, physical processing, and authority work. Begins with a checklist of pre-outsourcing considerations designed to help articulate the need for outsourcing, weighing the pros and cons, and planning how in-house operations might change. Chapter Two discusses those aspects of cataloging, physical processing, and authority work that still might need to be performed by in-house staff. Chapter Three provides checklists for tabulating the contractor’s responsibilities and investigating prospective contractors’ corporate health. Chapters Four through Seven involve discussions of the actual outsourcing of cataloging, authority processing, and the physical processing. Chapter Eight incorporates a checklist of financial considerations that must be faced before deciding to outsource technical services operations.

All managers thinking about outsourcing some of their library’s technical services processes will want the probing checklists of considerations presented here.

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“All libraries should acquire this publication which will be of great use to library directors, heads of technical services, and catalog department managers.”
—Technical Services Quarterly