BEAT's 10th Anniversary

BEAT celebrated its 10th Anniversary on November 12 with a day-long program in the Library's Mumford Room.

The schedule included opening remarks by BEAT chair, John D. Byrum, Jr., that covered just a few of the accomplishments of the team over the past decade, a day-long series of presentations on BEAT projects, as well as concluding remarks by Beacher Wiggins the Library's Acting Associate Librarian for Library Services and by many of the Directors whose staff also support the BEAT Team. The day's events concluded with celebratory and social activities.

In his remarks John Byrum reviewed early BEAT projects and highlighted just some of the principles that underly the team's activities: working "Outside the Box," developing tools that aid in creating and in locating information, developing innovative workflows and policies, preparing pilot projects ("Proof of Concept") , and most recently, scaling up to production level some of the team's projects. A special point to note was that the celebration was also intended to recognize all the catalogers who have created the products BEAT is enriching and to appreciate public services and other staff for sharing their creativity and expertise in forming and implementing BEAT projects. Even with a full day for the celebration, the program was able to highlight just six of the current BEAT projects. These along with their project chairs and presenters were