Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services (ARCS)

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Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services (ARCS)

Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services (ARCS) is one of three technical services divisions within Resource Acquisition and Description/Information Technology Services; the others are Cataloging and Metadata Services (CAMS), and Preservation Services.  ARCS is the Libraries' central acquisitions unit for materials in all formats, including government publications.  Wherever possible, ARCS performs simple cataloging on receipt for newly acquired monographs using copy from the Library of Congress and OCLC member libraries; items that cannot be quick cataloged are distributed to staff in CAMS.

Acquisitions and processing is partially decentralized within the Libraries.  Some units, including the Bothell Campus Library, Tacoma Campus Library, and Health Sciences Library receive and process their print serials directly, although ordering is handled centrally.  The East Asia Library (CJK), Gallagher Law Library and International Studies (Near East, Slavic, South Asia, Southeast Asia) each have their own technical services operations.  ARCS works closely with these units, as well as CAMS, Collection Management Services, Preservation Services and Central Circulation Services to standardize and coordinate processing procedures and policies across the Libraries.