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Rare Book Team Action Plan
(Fiscal Year 2013/2014)

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 11,000 non-serial titles, both new and recat. Specifically, we will focus on several collections this year including Tanselle, Bailey, Richards' Kipling, Hohenzollern, Bettina Bergery, Wolff Photoplays; continue to recatalog the College Pamphlet Collection and the Peruvian pamphlet collection; and remain current in the cataloging of red flags, Priority 1's, broadsides and folios;
  • catalog 5,000 serial volumes, both new and recat. Specifically, we will catalog the Bailey, German periodicals, newspapers and continue the cataloging of the general serial backlog;
  • adapt to new cataloging standard (RDA) for bibliographic and authority records;
  • contribute records to NACO and have all catalogers work towards NACO independence;
  • resolve cataloging problems as they arise; and
  • complete cataloging of Beinecke microfilm titles.

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

  • plan and prepare for the move to Beinecke 2;
  • 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:

  • train and oversee students and Access Services staff in barcoding projects;
  • 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 Printed Acquisitions staff in cataloging and serial adds;
  • participate in Beinecke Technical Services training programs; 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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