Moving Library Collections: A Management Handbook

Moving Library Collections: A Management Handbook

Moving Library Collections: A Management Handbook

Moving Library Collections: A Management Handbook

Synopsis

Moving a library is a mammoth task that requires precise, long-range planning. This book is a comprehensive guide to making that move a smooth one. Filled with practical advice culled from reports on more than a hundred moves, it addresses the needs of libraries planning to use a moving company or moving themselves. Habich gives the library move planner the analytical tools and knowledge of procedures nececessary for carrying out the move effectively and efficiently.

Excerpt

Moving a library—the furnishings, shelving, equipment, and collection—across the hall or across town is a mammoth task that requires precise, long-range planning. Moving the library’s collection is particularly demanding and requires a specialized methodology. This book focuses on moving the library collection and provides a sequential guide and decision path for planning and executing successful relocations and moves.

The book will be a godsend to library directors, administrators, and managers who typically assume direct responsibilities for planning and supervising a collection move. It details the planning that must precede the primary decisions regarding the types, size, and relationships of collection space requirements, for new or expanded library buildings. These data are included in the building program for the new space and are subsequently incorporated into the long-range moving plan. This process calls for determining the present and projected size for each collection, the shelving and floor space requirements, and the collection layout within the overall floor plan. It includes the use of allocations providing for expansion or ‘‘growth joints.’’ In addressing these needs, the author provides guidance in how to integrate the existing collection into the new space using spreadsheet collection allocation models, techniques for sampling and measuring the collection holdings, and criteria for calculating linear shelving footage.

The book addresses the broad range of planning processes and issues associated with a move. What collections will be relocated? Does the collection have

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