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A guide to mending procedures.
Tags: DRDS, mending


  1. Serial items are generally identifiable by looking at the piece and noting the construction of the call number and/or the information on the spine.
    1. An item that consists of multiple pieces bound together, with the title and enumeration (e.g. v.1/pt.3/v.8-10, etc.) and chronology (e.g. years and months)  stamped on the spine (generally in white or gold lettering) is probably a serial volume.
    2. Keywords in the title can also be an indication; they will often seem kind of generic: "Proceedings" or "Publication"  of a corporate body, "Annals of," "Journal," "Papers," or similar keywords will probably indicate a serial volume.
    3. If the issues were bound by the Library, there will usually be no stamped information on the cover or back of the item.
    4. Call numbers for serial issues will generally either contain the enumeration and/or chronology that appears on the spine, or just the base Dewey+Cutter, while having the enum/chron stamped on the spine.
    5. If there is still uncertainty after a visual review, you can scan the barcode (if available) on Alma into a Physical Title Keyword or Barcode search, or do a Physical Title "Title" search, and check for:
      1. Location: Periodical. This will always indicate a serial title. Check the item into Mending.
      2. Item Availability: if it shows a range of available items, it is probably a serial (see image 2)

Image 1

  1. If you click on the "Items" link, a serial will usually have multiple items listed with a Description including enum and/or chron:

Image 2

  1. If there is still uncertainty, the bibliographic record should be encoded as a serial. Click on the hyperlink for the title and check the 8th position in the LDR field:


  1. Monographs, on the other hand, will have individual, more specific titles, are less likely to have enum/chron in the call number, and will have more familiar text/images on the front and back covers (note: some serial issues will also have text/images on covers; different editions of monographs will have years in the call numbers; some monographic volumes are published in series that may have enum/chron in the call number, so these aren't exclusive identifiers).  More concretely, they will have an "m" in the 8th position of the LDR field in the bibliographic record:


  1. Multi-volume monographic sets fall in between serials and monographs. They will have the "m" in the 8th place on the LDR, but you can't really determine in an OCLC/Worldcat search whether another library holds the specific volume you have in hand, for determining availability. Deciding whether to withdraw or check such a volume into mending may require more individual judgment. Always ask either the Mending supervisor (Susan) or the Cataloging Manager (Ellen) if you have questions or uncertainties.