Moving Library Collections: A Management Handbook

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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.

In five informative sections Habich discusses:

•how to assess the size of your library's current collections, project the space needed for collection growth, and develop a collection layout plan.

•the pros and cons of using a moving company, staff, and volunteer resources, and concerns common to all moves.

•how to select and work effectively with a moving company.

•planning and managing operations for libraries moving without a moving company and covers move logistics, using classical operations management techniques, the planning calendar, and practical move management issues: recruiting workers, the pros and cons of various move methods, facilities issues, service, health and safety, and public relations issues.

•special problems in contributed chapers on pest management and control and on cleaning collections, and a chapter on moving from disorganized conditions.

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Habich, an administrative services officer, wrote this book as a result of planning and managing a move for Northeastern University Libraries--a move that brought together a main library, three branches, and a storage facility. In the first section, she details planning for collection space in the new location, with exhaustive details on determining linear measurements of the collection as a whole and its nonhomogeneous parts. Information on planning for growth is also included. Habich considers the collection move from four angles: hiring a moving company (or two--one for materials, the other for furniture) with a consultant, hiring a moving company with staff supervisor, moving using staff only, and moving with staff and volunteers. No matter which of the four options are chosen, Habich outlines the step-by-step procedures for each move. She also discusses other topics such as moving costs, disruption of service, handling special collections, and pest management and cleaning of the collection (both being done before the move). Helpful charts on the average width of library materials and an annotated bibliography are included. Used in conjunction with Ruth Fraley's Library Space Planning (Neal-Schuman, 1990. 2d ed.), Habich's handbook is recommended for medium-sized and large libraries.--Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Lib., Oneonta, NY
For those who need reassurance that libraries can be successfully moved, Habich (Administrative Services Officer, Northeastern U. Libraries) appends "146 moves reported in the English-language literature, 1929-1996" (e.g. as when patrons took three weeks to move 875 tons of material into temporary quarters for the library in Portland, OR in 1995). With four other contributors, she tackles planning for collection space, moving yourself or with a mover, dealing with pest management control issues, moving from disorganized conditions, and figuring the average widths of library materials. Includes a selected annotated bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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ELIZABETH CHAMBERLAIN HABICH is Administrative Services Officer, Northeastern University Libraries.

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Table of Contents

I Planning Collection Space 1
1 Determining the Size of Existing Collections 3
2 Planning for Growth 34
3 Preparing a Collection Layout Plan 61
II Planning the Collection Move 95
4 General Considerations 97
III Using a Moving Company 123
5 Library and Mover Responsibilities 125
Library and Mover Responsibilities from a Mover's Perspective 128
6 Preparing a Request for Proposal (RFP) 135
7 Selecting a Mover 155
8 Carrying out the Move: Working with a Mover 174
IV Doing the Move Yourself 187
9 Planning Move Logistics 189
10 Executing the Move Yourself 225
V Special Topics 259
11 Moving Library Collections: Pest Management Control Issues 261
12 Cleaning Collections 265
13 Moving from Disorganized Conditions 273
App. A Average Widths of Library Materials 283
App. B One Hundred Forty-Six Moves Reported in the English-Language Literature, 1929-1996 289
Selected Annotated Bibliography 309
Index 335
About the Author and Contributors 343
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