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Technical Services Division

The Technical Services Division is the part of the library most users never see. It is responsible for buying, cataloging, labeling, insuring the quality of information in DOC and preservation activities such as binding and repairing library materials. Departments within Technical Services include:

Monographs and AV Acquisitions

The primary role of the Monographs Acquisitions Department is to collect materials for use by the students, faculty, and staff in support of the purpose of the University as stated in the Winthrop University Catalog. The department also acquires certain categories of materials in accordance with federal and state regulations for community access in support of the University's stated desire to contribute to the community. The Library accepts requests from patrons and acquires materials within the guidelines of the Library's stated "Collection Development Policy" and within the confines of the library budget. The department also maintains a small leisure reading collection of paperbacks chosen from published best-seller lists.

Monographs and AV Cataloging

The responsibilities of the Monographs Cataloging Department include cataloging all books and audiovisual materials owned by Dacus Library in accordance with international standards, labeling and otherwise making these materials ready for use; and entering and monitoring information in the Dacus Online Catalog (DOC). Materials are cataloged for easy access, and are classified by subject using, for the most part, the Library of Congress Classification System.

Database Management

Database Management is responsible for performing authority control/database management for all collections (special and general) in the online catalog, inlcuding those housed in Dacus Library and in other locations on the Winthrop Campus. It also performs a significant amount of cataloging, especially as that activity relates to the Music Library, the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, the Small Business Development Center, and selected Government Documents.

Electronic Resources and Serials Services

This department reviews, selects, and processes periodicals, newspapers, e-journals, databases, annual directories and encyclopedias, and other material published on a continous basis to be used by the students, faculty and staff in support of the curriculum, teaching and research needs of the University. Once obtained, these materials are cataloged and added to the Dacus Online Catalog (DOC).

Binding and Preservation

The Binding and Preservation Unit is part of the Electroni Resources and Serials Services. It is responsible for the preservation of library materials, specifically bound serials and the repair of damaged materials from the library collection . Materials are repaired in-house or commercially, whichever is appropriate.

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