Monographic Processing Standards

To prepare monographic materials for shelving so that they may be available to patrons as quickly as possible.

Context - Scope
Monographic processing happens in a number of different administrative units. The standards herein are intended to apply to those functions which occur library-wide within the scope of "technical monographic processing."

Standards apply to material received and processed by
Main Technical Service divisions * Monographic processing division
* Periodicals check-in division
* Gifts and Exchange division
* Serials/Documents division
Shelving units * all
* self-cataloging unit standards may vary

Other monograph processes are beyond the scope of these standards:
* tracing (see BPM, Tracing Procedures)
* withdrawing monographs. (see BPM, Withdrawal)
* transferring monographs between branch libraries
* "clean-up" of monograph catalog records: reported errors from recon, patrons, etc.
* claiming
* cancelling
* replacements

Function 1: Check-in
Check-in and invoice-verification procedures depend on the unit in which the material is being handled and the type of material. In most instances, monographs are held for selector review. The amount of time held varies by technical services unit.


Material is processed in a timely manner with no backlogs of unopened mail.

Function 2: GLADIS check for duplication (Branch direct receipt only)
Search GLADIS by title. Route uncataloged items to Technical Services for cataloging or to the bindery as appropriate. Mark location on verso of title page. Create an in-process record per local guidelines.

Material is batched and checked for duplication weekly.

Material is processed weekly with no backlog.

Function 3: Update INNOPAC/GLADIS, check for duplication, approve invoices for payment (Main Technical Services only)

Items and invoices should be processed within 2-3 weeks.

No backlogs of materials older than 2-3 weeks.

Function 4: Route to bookstore, binding, shelving unit or cataloging


No Backlogs of materials older than 4 weeks.

Function 5: Post-Cataloging record check (Technical Services, marking)
Special workflows include: Reserves, multimedia, mixed media, reference materials, census items and items bound for storage. These items are usually flagged to alert receiving units.

Students in the marking workflow check the call number in the book (as pencilled in by Cataloging) against the call number produced by a marking program with OCLC tapeloads. A fair amount of material is not cataloged on OCLC and is typed by students with a similar program. The checking procedure is the same.

GLADIS errors for monographs is monitored by receiving units; database maintenance errors leaving Technical Services should not exceed 5%.

Complaints by receiving units made back to Technical Services.

Function 6: Post-Cataloging record check (Shelving Units)
Most branch units try to recheck the accuracy of the online records as established by Cataloging in order to ensure access for their users.

Each shelving unit has its own routines developed over the years to meet the needs of its primary clientele.

  1. Match new material to the GLADIS Maintenance catalog record by a title search. A title search in GLADIS for the catalog record is the quickest way to verify GLADIS title access, and also identify improper MARC coding for initial articles. If a title search does not work, search by call number, then by barcode. Errors p reventing access should be e-mailed to datmain@library.
  2. Record receipt in the shelving unit online.

Materials received in a shelving unit are processed within one week of receipt.

No backlogs of materials older than 1 week.

Function 7: Prepare for shelf
All material which returns from cataloging with a spine label is stamped by Technical Services with UC Berkeley property stamps on the top edge. Monographs are then shipped to their shelving location.

Shelving locations (including MAIN) are responsible for adding shelving notes, circulation codes as well as tattletaping of non-Promptcat items.


No backlogs of materials older than 1 week.

For more information
TSSC sub-group members who drafted the original standards in consulation with other Library staff Grace Abiko
Margaret McCormick
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