Libraries are increasingly using, or at least considering, remote storage facilities for their little-used materials in order to free up valuable on-campus library space for other purposes. While libraries and their users typically welcome the end result of re-purposed and revitalized space, the process required to get there can easily prove to be both time-consuming and costly. No matter how the work is organized, it is likely to require significant investments, either of regular staff time that may not be readily available, or additional temporary staff that may not be possible to hire given limited budgets.
In this program, one academic library will present its experiences leveraging everyday inexpensive technology, computer software, and staff creativity to develop a process for preparing materials to go offsite with a minimum of staff time or direct costs.
In particular, we will cover:
Plenty of time will be provided for audience questions; additionally, audience members will be encouraged to share experiences with this set of activities in their own libraries. Hopefully, attendees will be inspired to take the information shared back to their home institutions in order to experiment and either develop or fine-tune their own processes as needed.