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48% of the libraries sampled use paraprofessional support staff for master bibliographic record upgrades in OCLC, including close to 29% of public colleges. More than 57% routinely use professional librarians for this purpose. Close to 17% of the libraries in the sample routinely use paraprofessional support staff for establishment of local series, uniform title headings and authority records. Public colleges did so far more frequently than private colleges. A shade less than two-thirds of the libraries in the sample used professional librarians for this purpose.

Most gains were incurred by public college libraries. 23 professional librarian positions in cataloging over the past five years. 67% of libraries in the sample participate in library school student mentoring or internships, or the recruitment of existing staff and student workers into the cataloging profession. 27. 6 for colleges with more than 10,000 students. 65 per library. Public colleges were expected to lose more than one employee each in this area over the next five years. More than 70% of the libraries in the sample say that their catalogers have salary levels that are comparable to those of public service librarians at their institutions.

Close to 30% of survey participants outsource the acquisition of updated headings and bibliographic records; more than 44% of research universities do so. Also, close to 30% obtain new bibliographic records through outsourcing. Nearly three times as many public as private colleges do so. 6% of colleges in the sample outsource item records and inventory and most of these were research universities. 69% of the libraries in the sample outsource barcoding. More than 44% of research universities did so.

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