StaffGuide: Serials Receiving & Processing

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Library Supervisor

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Lisa Headstream
University of Arkansas Libraries,
365 N. McIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
(479) 575-4165

Receiving--Check In Overview:

Receiving involves the reception of print serials (both continuation and periodical) in all formats, checking in said serials, and then processing those print serials for circulation.

This entails working in the Sierra and OCLC catalogs and completing a variety of procedures:

  • Confirm the title, volume, issue and cover date information.
  • Identify erratum, index, and supplements.
  • Create check-in and item records as required.
  • Search and identify titles not in Sierra, following procedures for no record items.
  • Keep accurate statistics of received items.
  • Edit check-in cards and records as needed. 

Receiving clerks are additionally charged with the task of maintaining the validity of online bibliographic and check-in records. 

These sections of the Serials Receiving & Processing Staff Guide provide a listing of the tools, resources, and procedures necessary for completing these objectives. 

Receiving--Check In

Receiving--Special Check In Procedures by Location

Receiving--Additional Processing

Receiving--Creating ...