Location: Milner Library 512 and Milner Library 532
Head of Cataloging, Acquisitions, and Processing: (309) 438-3905
Email: Jeff Ridinger
Acquisitions: (309) 438-2754
Email: Carol Rhoades
Cataloging & Metadata Services: (309) 438-5039
Email: Sandy Roe
Processing: (309) 438-5361
Email: Deb Shambrook
The Cataloging, Acquisitions and Processing Department provides customer-centered access to the intellectual resources of Milner Library through cost-effective acquisition and efficient creation and enhancement of resource descriptions and through the management of library resource discovery systems.
The department consists of several units that are responsible for acquiring scholarly resources and making them discoverable to and accessible by University students, faculty, and staff. These units perform functions for management of acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources, and processing.
The Content Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Unit provides services that involve the purchase and/or licensing of electronic, print, and media resources for the Milner Library’ collections. Unit staff members perform activities including vendor identification, order placement, receipt of physical materials, activation of electronic resources, and payment processing for all resources whether purchased on a one-time or subscription basis. The unit includes two functional teams that cooperate to fulfill the resource selection needs of librarians performing Collection Development.
Typically, materials are selected by librarians with subject responsibilities although requests may be offered by any member of the University community.
The Cataloging and Metadata Services Unit strives to provide effective and efficient access to resources in support of the curricular and research needs of the University. To support resource discovery, members of the unit create, verify and/or enhance resource descriptions and subject analysis, and create holdings and item information. In addition to bibliographic data, the unit supports the creation of finding aids for special collections materials and metadata for digital collections. Members of the unit are also responsible for maintaining accurate holdings information in OCLC to facilitate access to the library's materials through interlibrary loan, and for eliminating and correcting bibliographic entities in accordance with the library's weeding, inventory, and collection development practices.
The Processing Unit prepares physical resources such as books, DVDs, and CDs for shelving and use by patrons. Processing for materials includes adding piece labels, ownership markings, and anti-theft devices.