Serials Control at Texas A&M University: Dispersion or Integration?
In dealing with serials, there are two major approaches to the efficient control of cost, receipt and access. Advocates seem to be evenly divided between a division by form (the integrated serials department) and a division by function (the diffusion of activities throughout the library by task). At Texas A&M University, there is no distinct serials department. Rather, there are several units whose primary goals are to maintain serials control, whether by cost, acquisition, receipt, cataloging, or use. This article describes an alternate approach to that of the integrated serials department. Emphasis is placed on problems encountered with scattered units, communication processes used to solve problems and maintain some control over the complexities of serials and changes wrought in the serials operation with the implementation of an integrated library system.