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Unique Materials in the SILS Standing Group

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.

Overview
The Unique Materials in the SILS (UMSILS) standing group studies and responds to issues affecting unique materials in the Alliance's Shared ILS (SILS). It examines and potentially revises best practices in consultation/collaboration with the Cataloguing Standing Group of the SCTS Team. In FY 2020 the group will study, characterize, and propose solutions to the issues with physical and digital items represented in the SILS including, but not limited to, rare books, oral histories, newspapers, and digital objects. They will identify the primary challenges to functionality and discovery, including metadata practices, infrastructure requirements, and local vs. organization-wide system configuration.

Sponsor

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.