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Rare Book Team Action Plan
(Fiscal Year 2004/2005)

Our primary goal is to continue our work in the unlocking of hidden collections by cataloging at a high level of quality and quantity, keeping in mind our long-term goal of staying current with the cataloging of new Beinecke acquisitions and transfers. To achieve this, we will:

  • catalog 10,000 non-serial titles. Specifically, we will catalog additions to the Shirley and Frick collections; and get caught up and remain current in the cataloging of red flags and Priority 1's;
  • catalog between 2,500-3,500 serial volumes. Specifically, we will catalog the remaining WA "general orders" and the Delta newspapers, while staying current with subscription adds to already cataloged serials;
  • complete the recon of Hebrew titles not finished by RLA in partnership with the Hebraica Team.
  • catch-up and remain current with the cataloging of CJK material; and,
  • catch-up and remain current with the cataloging of Beinecke microfilm titles.

We will work together effectively as a team. Specifically, we will:

  • meet regularly for group discussions;
  • make our decisions by consensus, whenever possible;
  • respond flexibly to the changing priorities of Beinecke;
  • update the Rare Book Team homepage and the cataloging manual as needed;
  • share documents and expertise gained by attendance at conferences, workshops and Rare Book School; and
  • evaluate quarterly our progress in meeting these goals.

In order to achieve our goals, we will:

  • have our two new cataloging librarians fully trained;
  • explore ways in which we can more fully utilize Macro Express;
  • have all catalogers trained in, and contributing to, NACO;
  • master searching strategies for RLIN21 and/or OCLC;
  • ensure that all members are able to apply BIBCO standards; and
  • train all librarians to update web pages using Dreamweaver or Contribute; and train at least two librarians to create templates in Dreamweaver.

We will work with Beinecke Technical Services staff:

  • to maintain good cataloging workflow;
  • maximize use of the Rare Book Team workstations in Beinecke; and
  • examine current processes to eliminate duplication of effort and increase production.

The librarians on the team will make appropriate contributions to the library and profession.


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