Moving Your Library: Getting the Collection from Here to There

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The task of moving collections of books and other materials can be overwhelming as library facilities evolve to reflect changing demographics and use patterns. Author and experienced mover Steven Carl Fortriede has everything you need to get the job done quickly and efficiently with step-by-step directions, diagrams, spreadsheets, and photos. Readers will learn

  • How to plan a library move
  • Which method is best for a particular situation
  • How to recruit and train workers
  • What tools and supplies are needed

Everything you need for the move is included—even specifications for boxes, moving carts, sorting trays, and a worksheet to calculate shelving layouts and growth rates. Moving Your Library is the complete kit for any librarian facing the daunting prospect of moving a library collection.

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Part I: Planning

Chapter 1 Overview of a Move

Chapter 2 Planning the Process

Chapter 3 Selecting a Method

Chapter 4 Measuring the Collection and Designing the Shelving Layout

Chapter 5 Interfiling and Dividing Collections

Chapter 6 Recruiting and Training Move Workers

Chapter 7 Assembling Tools and Supplies

Chapter 8 Preparing the Workspaces

Chapter 9 The Other Move

Part II: Moving

Chapter 10 Preparing to Move

Chapter 11 Moving with Carts

Chapter 12 Moving with Boxes

Chapter 13 Balancing the Move

Chapter 14 Moving Microforms

Chapter 15 Special Situations

Chapter 16 Finishing Up


A Specifications for Boxes

B Specifications for Move Carts and Sorting Trays

C Worksheet to Calculate Shelving Layout and Growth Rates

D Signage

E Sample Request for Quotes for an Office Move


Steven Carl Fortriede

Steven Carl Fortriede retired as associate director of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after more than forty years in the library profession. Fortriede received a BS in education from Ball State University and an MLS from Western Michigan University in 1971. A year later he was assigned, rather abruptly, to move his first library. Since that time he has directed, or consulted for, more than twenty moves for libraries ranging from a few thousand to nearly four million items. He has also been responsible for many space planning and library design projects.