Monographs unit is part of Resource Management. The
Monographs unit is responsible for the ordering,
receiving, invoice-processing, cataloging, and
physical processing of monographs for the Library's
collections. Webster's Third New International
Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged
(1981) defines a monograph as "a learned,
detailed, thoroughly documented treatise covering
exhaustively a small area of a field of
learning." However, our definition is
somewhat broader. We use the word to mean
"one-time purchases" rather than the serials
(periodicals, standing orders for books in series, and
other continuations) which the Serials Unit handles.
of the Monographs Unit is to provide cost-effective and
timely access to books and audiovisual materials ordered.
Items that have been ordered are listed in the Library's
online catalog Austin with a status of "on order."
Students and staff may suggest materials by filling out
a 'request for library book'
information on budgets and selection, including
department librarian liaisons, see Collection
Departmental Book Order Requests
departmental requests must come through the
department's library representative using
new books and audiovisual materials are received,
their status in their Felix Online Catalog records
change to "In Processing," and they are
cataloged. A full record for each item is
created and entered into the Austin catalog. Great efforts
are made to provide multiple access points to
materials, such as variant titles, authors, subjects,
and call numbers, making the materials easier to find
in Austin. Once cataloged, the materials are physically
processed in preparation for shelving and use by
to rush process an item will be honored when they are
based on specific and immediate curricular
requirements of faculty or students. To request the
rush processing of an item, please contact Joe Weber, Director of Library Services, with the author
and/or title of the item, date needed, course taught,
and a justification for the request.