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Established: September 2016 as Unique Collections in the SILS Working Group (predecessor); 2017 September as Unique Materials in the SILS Standing Group

Type of Group and General Comments
Standing. For more information, see the Team Structure page.
This group plays a key role in supporting the ULC’s charge to provide broad oversight and leadership for the development, stewardship, and dissemination of unique and local content, by its study of and response to issues affecting unique materials represented in the Alliance’s Shared ILS (SILS). Its approach to problem resolution will include examination and potential revision of both consortial and institutional practices. Issues of system limitations, effects on other materials, and institutional resources will be considered. The group will communicate and coordinate with other teams groups working in areas critical to our concerns, including:


Outcomes to Produce
Prioritize and continue to work through and propose solutions (2017) and move to implementation of solutions (2018) to known issues documented in FY17 by the predecessor group.

Level of Decision-Making Authority
2017: Recommend 
2018: Set policy

2017 October-2018 June

Background and Context
This group continues the work of the Unique Collections in the SILS Working Group, whose charge was as follows: 
Study and characterize the issues with physical items represented in the SILS with MARC records including, but not limited to, rare books, oral histories, and newspapers. Identified the primary challenges to functionality and discovery, including metadata practices, infrastructure requirements, and local vs. organization-wide system configuration. 

The group proposed solutions to the issues that could be addressed organization-wide including, but not limited to, changes in metadata practices, infrastructure, or that need to be submitted to Ex Libris for resolution.

Number of Members Needed
4-6 people

Skills Needed
Group members should have one or more of the following:
  • Substantial knowledge of metadata used for the description of unique physical items in the SILS
  • Substantial knowledge of Primo functioning, including normalization rules, and the interaction of Alma and Primo
  • Knowledge of cataloging rules and best practices for rare/special print materials and/or archival collections
Also, see the chart on this page for overall expectations of all Alliance group members.