The first steps for incoming mending items, before they are even checked in to the Mending process, is to review them to determine whether they should be mended or withdrawn. This involves three steps:
Determine whether the item is a standalone monograph, or if it is an issue of a serial/journal.
If the item is an issue of a serial/journal, check it in to Mending. All serial items will go through the full mending process
If the item is a standalone monograph, proceed to step 2.
Use Alma to determine whether there are additional copies
If there are additional copies, then the item will be withdrawn
When determining added copies, look only at circulating libraries (ie, not Archive copies)
If there are no exact copies, but there are newer or other editions, then the item will be withdrawn.
If there are no additional copies or newer/other editions, proceed to step 3.
Use OCLC to determine how common the item is/if it will be easily accessible through ILS.
When searching, consider also whether newer editions are available.
If more than  libraries hold a similar item, check Default Holdings to see how many are probably US libraries.