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December 16, 2014

Planning for a Major Shelf Shift

At the beginning of our shifting projects Library Assistant Danni Niles works with Deputy Law Librarian Amy Crowder to analyze the space needs of each area of the library that is overcrowded. Some subjects might be compressed and others expanded depending on the use and currency of each section of the collection.

Before anything is physically moved the space needs are visualized. Danni creates a guide to assign specific collections or call number ranges to new shelves.

This clipboard represents two long ranges of shelves. Each shelf in the range has its own box which holds a call number range or collection nickname, such as LIRC for the Labor and Industry Review Commission decisions collection. Any shelves planned to be left empty for future expansion are marked with a dash -. This way we can test out how the new collection arrangement will fit without having to move materials multiple times. 

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