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Administration and Management:
Library Outsourcing Articles

Most of the following articles are collected from AUTOCAT.
Credits go to Robert Renaud and Marian Dworaczek for their compiling efforts.


Grace Agnew. "Contracting for Technical Services: Shelf-Ready Services for Books." In Case Studies on Library Financial Management, pp.217-218. Edited by L.F. Crismod. Fort Atkinson, Wisc.: Highsmith Press, 1993.

"Berger testifies against contracting-out", Wilson Library Bulletin 1986, v60, Jan, p10(2)

Rick J. Block. "Cataloging Outsourcing: Issues and Options." Serials Review 20, 3 (1994): 73-77.

Carmel C. Bush, Margo Sasse and Patricia Smith. "Toward a New World Order: A Survey of Outsourcing Capabilities of Vendors for Acquisitions, Cataloging and Collection Development Services." Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory, 18, 4 (1994): 397-414.

Marylou Colver and Karen Wilson, editors. "Outsourcing Technical Services Operations." Chicago, IL : American Library Association, 1997.

Brian Distad. "The Client Still Ranks First in U. Alberta Library's Restructuring." Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory 19, 4 (Winter 1995): 435-438.

Ronald F. Dow, "Sustaining Organization Advantage in Times of Financial Uncertainty: The Context for Research and Development Investments by Academic Libraries", Library Trends 1994, Win v42 n3 p460-66. [ERIC #EJ483787]

Clare B. Dunkle. "Outsourcing the Catalog Department : a meditation inspired by the business and library literature", Journal of Academic Librarianship, Jan. 1996, pp. 33-44.
DESCRIPT: "The article contains a great number of insights into our role in the library organization and what makes or breaks an outsourcing operation. Mind you, it is not entirely favourable to outsourcing. If anything, it is pretty critical of the movement, arguing that in many cases it is done for the wrong reasons and without the research or backup needed to make the operation successful."--Charley Pennell

Magda El-Sherbini. "Contract Cataloging: A Pilot Project for Outsourcing Slavic Books." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 20, 3 (1995): 57-73.
Michael Gorman, "The Corruption of Cataloging", Library Journal (Sept 15, 1995): 32-34.

Arnold Hirshon and Barbara Winters. "Outsourcing Library Technical Services: a How-To-Do-It Manual." New York, NY : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1996.
DESCRIPT: "This book provides practical advice on how to: determine when outsourcing is an appropriate management tool in the process of reengineering library technical services; conduct cost studies to evaluate technical operations; prepare formal requests-for-proposals to outsource the acquisition of books and periodicals, and for cataloging; and, evaluate vendor responses and services, and monitor the quality of outsourced operations."

Norman Howden, "Catalogers and Competition", Catholic Library World 1987, Jul-Aug v59 n1 p34-37.

Marie A. Kascus and Dawn Hale, eds. Outsourcing Cataloging, Authority Work, and Physical Processing: A Checklist of Considerations. Chicago: American Library Association, 1995.
Kathleen Lakey, "Outsourcing and Insourcing of Information Services: A Case Study of Corporate and Government Libraries in Victoria", Australian Special Libraries 1994, Dec v27 n4 p103-22.
David Miller. "Outsourcing Cataloging: The Wright Experience." ALCTS Newsletter 6, 1 (1995): 7-8.

Roxanne Missingham, "Outsourcing and Libraries--Threat or Promise?", Australian Special Libraries 1994, Dec v27 n4 p131-39.

Mary Morse, "Libraries: an endangered species? (libraries face budget cuts and competition from private information services)", UtneReader 1992, n51, May-June, p20(3) [PN47894.U53 U88]

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. The Future Is Now: The Changing Face of Technical Services: Proceedings of the OCLC Symposium, ALA Midwinter Conference, February 4, 1994. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC, 1994.

Joyce L. Ogburn. "An Introduction to Outsourcing." Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory 18, 4 (1994): 363-366.

"Outsourcing: bungling", Library Journal, February 1, 1996, p. 10.
Richard C. Reuben, "Baker & McKenzie shelves librarians: library professionals worry bargain-hunting firms will look to outsourcing", ABA Journal 1995, v.81, July, p26.

Michael Saint-Onge, "Outsourced law library serves as a wake-up call; librarians who fail to show how they contribute to the bottom line may find themselves shelved", The National Law Journal 1995, v17, n46, July 17, pC3, col 1.

Gary M. Shirk. "Outsourced Library Technical Services: The Booksellers Perspective." Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory 18, 4 (1994): 383-395.
"University of Alberta outsources cataloging", College & Research Libraries News 56, no. 3 (March 1995): 140.

Karen A. Wilson. "Outsourcing Copy Cataloging and Physical Processing..." Library Resources & Technical Services 39, 4 (October 1995): 359-383.

Karen A. Wilson. "Vendor-Supplied Cataloging and Contract Cataloging Services...". Technical Services Quarterly 12, 2 (1994): 60-63

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