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Rare Book Team Action Plan
(Fiscal Year 2006/2007)

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 focus on several collections this year including Robert Graves, Langston Hughes, Shirley and Worlds Fair; continue to recatalog the College Pamphlet Collection; eliminate the backlog of Priority 1's; and remain current in the cataloging of red flags, Priority 1's, broadsides and folios;
  • catalog 3,500 serial volumes. Specifically, we will continue the cataloging of the Delta newspapers, while staying current with subscription adds to already cataloged serials;
  • contribute records to NACO;
  • support Beinecke Library's digital initiatives;
  • remain current with the cataloging of vernacular languages material; 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;
  • apply new template and cascading style sheets for manual pages;
  • 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:

  • more fully utilize Macro Express;
  • have all catalogers work towards NACO independence; and
  • explore ways in which we can improve workflow efficiencies for digital initiatives at Beinecke; and
  • hire and train an additional cataloging assistant.

We will work with Beinecke Technical Services staff:

  • to maintain good cataloging workflow;
  • maximize use of the Rare Book Team workstations in Beinecke;
  • examine current processes to eliminate duplication of effort and increase production; and
  • develop a cross-training plan between Technical Services and the Rare Book Team.

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

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