On moving

Having just made a move of my own, I’ve been thinking a little about the logistics of moving a large collection of objects from one place to another.

Have you ever had to move a library? Or even just a part of your collection? Whether or not you’ve done either, or have a move on the horizon, there are a number of things that you’ll need to consider. The key, I think, is all in the planning.

Is the new space large enough to contain all of your material or furniture? Are there outdated materials that could be weeded from the collection? How will you move everything? Will you require professional assistance? How will you keep your clients up to date with what’s happening and make sure that the transition from one space to another goes as smoothly as possible?

And, more importantly, how will you celebrate your successful move with your clients, old and new?

The answers to these questions, as well as a few you may not yet have thought to ask, can be found in Catherine Dimenstein’s article “Executing a library move – a planned approach to moving your library,” which originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of Information Outlook.

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