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Technical Services (Acquisitions & Collection Development) and Cataloging

Acquisitions and Collection Development serves as a clearinghouse for the ordering, receiving and processing of retrospective as well as current materials (print and media resources) needed to support the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs of the University.  The unit strives to secure needed materials for the LRC collections as quickly and as inexpensively as possible within budgetary constraints.

Requests for materials can be submitted in person using Request Cards that may be obtained in the LRC or submitted online through the Online Request Form.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Beryl Rose at 372-5004.


Cataloging Services

The LRC's collection is catalogued using a system for call numbers and Library of Congress Subject Headings.  Cataloging Services is responsible for the integrity of data in the Horizon online catalog.  The goal of Cataloging Services is consistent with Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.  The most important of which are these:

  • Apply standards to cataloging records and metadata so that they can be shared in international databases, saving time and money for thousands of libraries, both now and in the future.

  • Create functional catalogs and databases, by providing quality control services, record enrichment and authority control.

  • Describe and provide access to items in library collections, including unique items in special formats and foreign languages, and items of local interest. These original cataloging records provide access to local users, as well as being shared in international databases.

  • Provide subject analysis for items in library collections, creating subject-based call numbers, which allow shelf browsing by users, and subject headings using standardized terminology and thesauri, which allow for increased retrieval by subject and/or keyword searching. This subject analysis is shared in original cataloging records added to international databases.

  • Enhance cataloging provided by other libraries and vendors with additional subject terms, call numbers, search terms, links and other information of local interest, reflecting the needs of local users and increasing retrieval.

  • Provide authority control on all types of headings added to records, including authors’ names, series titles and subject terms. This provides the basis for reliably consistent search results and collocates the terms, saving the time for users.

  • Provide direct user services including rush cataloging in-process items on request, and resolving errors in the catalog.