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North Carolina State University
NCSU Libraries New Staff Orientation Tour Script
[updated 9/22/09]
As part of orientation you will participate in three tours of D.H. Hill Library today. We will be doing a lot
of walking, so if you have any limitation such as not being able to use the stairs, please let me know.
Throughout the year, you can also participate in advertised tours of other important parts of the Libraries,
such as the branches, offered by the Staff Learning and Development Committee. The tours today will
provide a broad introduction to various departments and the services provided to our users You can find out
more about each department by exploring the departments websites available on the NCSU Libraries public
* = unit where we would like to have a representative introduce themselves and department in 2-3 minutes
(provide a face)
10:45 11:05 First Tour Preservation / Ground Floor
Ground Floor
Receiving and Distribution Unit
The mailroom processes all incoming and outgoing mail and shipments,
including books. It is managed by the Facilities department, which also oversees
building maintenance, housekeeping, and ongoing construction projects.
Metadata and Cataloging
The Metadata & Cataloging Department provides effective, accurate tools that
assist Libraries’ clients in locating information resources of value to them, either
locally or remotely through the Internet. They catalog all materials, including
electronic journals and texts, for all libraries in the NCSU system.
The Acquisitions Department is committed to acquiring resources in all formats
for the NCSU Libraries' collections. They collaborate with Collection
Management to spend just over $9 million. The department has 19 staff divided
into two Units: the Monographs Unit and the Serials Unit. Last fiscal year, we
bought over 25,000 books (in various formats), processed more than 47,000
serials, and more than 500 electronic journals.
Preservation Presentation (~10-15min.)
The Preservation department works to maintain and preserve collections and the
information they contain in viable and accessible formats. It consists of two
units: Conservation and Shelf Preparation.
Special Collections Research Center Offices
The Special Collections Research Center identifies and collects rare and unique
materials to support the research and teaching needs of the university. The
collection contains over 13,000 linear feet of material as well as some 250,000
photographic images documenting the history of NCSU, the history of science,
entomology, architecture and design, engineering, and a host of other subjects.
These resources are housed in one of three collecting units: Manuscripts, Rare
Books, and the University Archives. The Special Collections Research Center
also provides access to its collections through digitization and exhibition
programs. The digitization program makes digital versions of photographic and
manuscript materials available online. With the completion of the East Wing
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