I've been wanting to blog an alternative title for awhile.
I think a library school professor said this (can't find the reference) and a certain notorious Reverend has used it recently :) The chickens have come home to roost. According to Karen Calhoun at the recent Palinet symposium there are not enough fledgling catalogers coming out of library school to replace those retiring.
The library professor's point had to do with the LIS curriculum. If you remove cataloging from the curriculum this is what you get. A generation of catalogers retiring and no replacements waiting in the wings.
I'm a little skeptical about this because I personally know some twenty-somethings who actually think that cataloging is a pretty cool job.
So what do we do? My career long MO has been to encourage, mentor, and train new catalogers. I am an enthusiastic cataloging geek--I can't help it. One needs to have a positive response to such a negative prognosis. Any thoughts?