To tell the truth, I tried to ask"what is our(=cataloger's) advantage" ? when I attended at Barbara's workshop.
Looking for some encouragement,
If we could use bib. data from publisher or any other institutions, we would not have to check, overwrite data anymore that most of us spending time for it, remembering rules, ISBD or... any knowledge that we think its "professional".
When I went to TRC data section, less than 100 staff create records, for all newly published books. If we believe its data blindly (I believe, lots of copy cataloger doing so) it mean other than 100 cataloger are unnecessary for new books. (of course it is very rough image)
Of course we need to record our rare book or special corrections, such as university's materials, but it is quite few.
Making "subject heading" "classification" ... more detailed data are users really require it? >we should confirm what they need and what we need for them.
What is our "professional advantage"?
Is this ambiguous anxiety is from my lack of professional knowledge? (probably yes)
Are the catalogers dying?
Anyway, just I believe,
if we are needed by someone, we will alive, if we are not needed by anyone, we will gone, It is acceptable.