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 four departments that reports to the Associate Dean for Collections and Content; the other departments are Cataloging and Metadata Services (CAMS), Collection Analysis & Strategy (CAS), and Preservation/Conservation.  ARCS is the Libraries' central acquisitions unit for materials in all formats, including government publications.  Wherever possible, ARCS also performs simple copy cataloging on receipt for newly acquired print monographs and activates newly acquired electronic serials in the Alma knowledge base. Monographs that cannot be quick cataloged and electronic serials without records in the Alma knowledge base are distributed to staff in CAMS.

Acquisitions and processing is partially decentralized within the Libraries.  Some departments, 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, Collections & Content Strategy, Preservation Services and Central Circulation Services to standardize and coordinate processing procedures and policies across the Libraries.