The Monographs Team is one of seven teams in Cataloging and Metadata Services, a department in the Technical and Collections Services Division of the University Park Libraries. It is located on the 1st floor of the Paterno Library.
So, What Is a "Monograph" Anyway?
A monograph is an item either complete in one part, or complete (or intended to be complete) in a finite number of separate parts - a nonserial item. Though monographs come in many forms, such as books, maps and scores, the Monographs Team catalogs English and foreign language books and reproductions of books, which may exist in an electronic format or as microforms, with the exception of rare materials. Other teams in the department are responsible for the remaining monographic items.
And What Do We Do With Them?
Each item receives or is added to a bibliographic record (i.e., is cataloged) in The CAT, Penn State's online bibliographic database. A bibliographic record contains information which describes an item and its subject content, provides various searchable access points in The CAT, and includes holding information that lets patrons know at which Penn State library locations an item is available.
In addition to cataloging monographic books and reproductions of books for The CAT, members of the Monographs Team share the responsibility of database maintenance with other Cataloging team members. Assignments may also include special projects, training and documentation, Web page development and serving on various committees or groups. A few members can also be found spending some time each week performing reference desk duties in Pattee and Paterno or one of the branch libraries on the University Park campus.
Visit the Department Information pages of the Cataloging Services Web site to read more about the department as a whole.