Monday, July 28, 2008

Libraries, live--from India?

This article from FUMSI reiterates some of the usual advice--stay visible, save money, talk to people--but one of the things that made my heart stutter: outsourcing library or information jobs to India. It's part of the overall trend: programmer jobs, journalism and reporting, call centres, payroll and healthcare services. Why not librarians, especially in the parts of the field that are (F2F) low touch:
  • collection development
  • cataloging
  • ask-a-question IM services
  • website design and maintenance
You wouldn't think that they could pay librarians less for the work they do but some companies may have found a way.

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