(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:
Specifically, our quantitative team goal for the coming year is 10,000
titles, a figure that includes:
staying current with the cataloging of new Beinecke acquisitions and transfers;
completing the extended Beinecke backlog project by the end of 2004
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.
500 serial titles;
583 Walpole Library titles; and
393 Walpole Library recon titles
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,
4) We will work with Beinecke Technical Services staff to maintain
good cataloging workflow and effective use of the Rare Book Team workstations
meet regularly to participate in open group discussions; and
make our decisions by consensus whenever possible
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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