Sometime in February, or after, we’ll be moving our collections from the west end of the second floor to the east end of the ground and basement floors. That takes planning. Even the simplest move takes planning.
So yesterday I counted and numbered shelves in our current room. There are only 979 for me to deal with. That’s including the 21 book trucks with two or three shelves each (and don’t anyone go telling our public services folks that we have that many of their book trucks up here!)
On the one hand this isn’t as complicated as a move to a new building with weather and trucks and open exterior doors to contend with. On the other hand it is going to be complicated in its own right.
For example, we have a number of separate collections that will need to be shelved separately in the new space. And at present some of them are not shelved contiguously. Some of it (especially the oversized materials) is not shelved in call number order. And even our prized “Assembly Collection” (the core of which was purchased for Pennsylvania’s General Assembly in 1745 by Benjamin Franklin) is not on the shelves in call number order.
And did I mention that the new space requires that the rare collections be divided into three different secure areas on two separate floors?
At the moment I’m just sighing with relief that a good number of the 979 shelves in the current room are empty. That makes me feel better about the shelves of uncataloged materials I also have to deal with.