The Acquisition’s Department purchases monographic resources for the library, including books, DVDs, scores, maps, CD-ROMs, kits, and thesis dissertations. This department also claims overdue orders, and receives and pays for library materials. Library donations are also accepted and reviewed.
The mission of the Kent State University Library’s Catalog, Bindery, Database Maintenance and Authority Control Departments is to provide timely and accurate description, online access and physical preparation to the Library’s collections in order to professionally serve the University’s information
We do this through cataloging, classifying, assigning access points, providing authority control and database maintenance and through binding, preserving, protecting and preparing library materials for patron use.
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Database Maintenance and Authority Control
Collection Management works to develop the library collections in support of the University's instructional and research needs. The Unit is responsible for developing and reviewing the collection development budget through cooperation with subject librarians and academic departments. Work also involves coordinating the monographic approval plan, responding to state-wide and local purchasing opportunities, participating in the state-wide depository system planning and weeding.
The Receiving & Delivery Department delivers mail and UPS/FedEx packages to all units within University Library. This department also sets-up equipment on campus for classroom use and delivers library material to departmental offices and student dorms. Daily OhioLINK materials are received and shipped to the proper library.
The Serials & Electronic Resources Department manages access to electronic resources and provides pricing and arranges for product trials. This department orders, claims, receives and pays for both print and electronic journal subscriptions.
The Systems unit provides services to all nine campuses and has a tradition of being a technology leader for the University. It is composed of three teams that work closely with each other.
Integrated Library System Team: Manages KentLINK, the university's Innovative Interfaces system, and works with University Information Systems and OhioLINK to make integration with other systems as seamless as possible. Supports OCLC Connexion. Provides support for ERes (electronic reserves). Coordinates submission of electronic theses and dissertations with our graduate schools and the Ohio-LINK ETD Center.
Web Team: Develops and maintains a wide variety of web sites, web programming applications and a staff intranet. Builds specialized tools and services for library patrons and staff. Automates routine system maintenance tasks.
Net Team: Manages network authorizations. Procures, deploys, and maintains hardware and software for workstations and library classrooms on the Kent campus.
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