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Rare Book Team Action Plan
(Fiscal Year 1999/2000)

The Rare Book Team's various degrees of success in meeting last year's goals are summarized in our Annual Report.  We have set the following goals for the coming year:

1)  Our primary goal is to catalog at a high level of quality and quantity, keeping in mind our long-term goals of:

  • staying current with the cataloging of new Beinecke acquisitions and transfers; and
  • completing the extended Beinecke backlog project by the end of 2004
Specifically, our quantitative team goal for the coming year is 10,000 titles, a figure that includes:
  • 500 serial titles;
  • 583 Walpole Library titles; and
  • 393 Walpole Library recon titles
This number matches that set for last year.  Although we exceeded our quantitative goal last year, and hope to increase the number of librarians on the team this year, we anticipate that hiring and training the new librarians will be a time-consuming and unpredictable process.  We will be replacing one experienced and productive librarian (Ellen Ellickson, who now fills the position vacated by Deborah J. Leslie) with a relatively inexperienced librarian (Lynne Fors).  We hope to hire two additional librarians, but recognize that these hires may also be inexperienced and that the openings may not be filled as quickly as we would like.  We will make every effort to exceed our target number again this year, but we cannot realistically set our quantitative goal any higher.

2)  Three new catalog librarians will be hired and trained for five-year term positions on the team.  One of the librarians will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Sara Piasecki in August 1998; another will fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Ellen Ellickson to a permanent position on the team in April 1999; the third will fill a newly created position. 

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

  • meet regularly to participate in open group discussions; and 
  • make our decisions by consensus whenever possible
4)  We will work with Beinecke Technical Services staff to maintain good cataloging workflow and effective use of the Rare Book Team workstations in Beinecke. 

5)  The Beinecke Cataloging Manual will be fully revised and made available on the World Wide Web. 

6)  We will maintain the team's home page on the World Wide Web, mounting useful documentation and linking to relevant sites as needed. 

7)  The librarians on the team will make appropriate contributions to the library and profession, balancing the need to do more cataloging with sometimes pressing and often conflicting professional demands. 

8)  The librarians on the team will have Meeting Maker installed on their workstations and will use it to schedule and keep track of meetings. 

We will defer two goals not fully completed last year: working with the Hebraica Team to complete the recon of Hebrew and Yiddish titles not done by RLA, and working with the East Asian Collection to complete the recon of East Asian titles not done by RLA.

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