Technical Services

The Division comprises Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Classification Units, Serials and Bindery Unit. The division coordinate activities that take place in the units.

Acquisitions Unit

The functions in the Unit include:

  • collection development i.e. procurement of books through purchases, donations, gifts and endowment;
  • keeping records of books purchased;
  • verification of books on order;
  • accessioning and stamping of books purchased;
  • facilitating book purchases between Library clientele and Publishers for personal use; and
  • preparation of lists of new arrivals (books).

Cataloguing and Classification Unit

The functions in the Unit include:

  • catalogue Library materials;
  • classify Library materials;
  • manually and electronically create and maintain records of the Library’s holdings;
  • label Library materials; and
  • move the processed materials to their designated Units (e.g. Circulation, Reference and Serials)

Serials Unit

The functions and services in the Unit include:

  • procurement of journals, newspapers and magazines through subscriptions or donations;
  • processing of Serials for the use of the clientele;
  • arrangement of Serials on the shelves;
  • making Serials available to users on demand;
  • keeping statistics and generate reports of users of Serials;
  • displaying current Serials;
  • providing current awareness services; and
  • maintaining bibliographic details of Serials in the Kardex as well as Serials card catalogue.