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Rare Book Team Action Plan
(Fiscal Year 2008/2009)

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 12,000 non-serial titles. Specifically, we will focus on several collections this year including Robert Graves, Shirley, Worlds Fair, Protest literature, Tanselle, Frick and Moliere; continue to recatalog the College Pamphlet Collection; and remain current in the cataloging of red flags, Priority 1's, broadsides and folios;
  • catalog 4,000 serial volumes. Specifically, we will catalog directories, newspapers and continue the cataloging of the general serial backlog, while staying current with subscription adds to already cataloged serials;
  • contribute records to NACO and have all catalogers work towards NACO independence;
  • explor ways to improve workflow for digital initiatives at Beinecke;
  • continue map cataloging in books and work through the maps in books spreadsheet;
  • develop and implement cataloging procedures for composite atlases;
  • implement Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Serials);
  • resolve cataloging problems arising from the implementation of barcoding in a timely manner;
  • address potential MUDD transfers;
  • update documentation for LSF transfers;
  • organize a cataloging workshop next March at Beinecke ;
  • remain current with the cataloging of non-Roman script languages material; and
  • explore how RBT catalogers can catalog Polish, Croatian and Czech; 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 expertise gained by attendance at conferences, workshops and Rare Book School; and
  • evaluate quarterly our progress in meeting these goals.

We will work with Beinecke 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;
  • assist in training and supervising interns assigned to printed acquisitions/cataloging;
  • institute classes with curators for new acquisitions;
  • expand cross-training between the Rare Book Team and other Beinecke units; and
  • receive training for, and participate in, the staffing of the Beinecke Reference desk.

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

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