Cataloging and coding as applied empathy: a Mashcat discussion prompt

Consider the phrase “Cataloging and coding as applied empathy”.  Here are some implications of those six words: Catalogers and coders share something: what we build is mainly for use by other people, not ourselves. (Yes, programmers often try to eat our own dogfood, and catalogers tend to be library users, but that’s mostly not what we’re paid […]

Three tales regarding a decrease in the number of catalogers

Discussions on Twitter today – see the timelines of @cm_harlow and @erinaleach for entry points – got me thinking. In 1991, the Library of Congress had 745 staff in its Cataloging Directorate. By the end of FY 2004, the LC Bibliographic Access Divisions had between 5061 and 5612 staff. What about now? As of 2014, the […]