In January 2013, the NCSU Libraries will open a brand new library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Approximately 1.4 million volumes will be transferred to the new library from existing campus locations for opening day, with the majority of those collections being housed in an automated retrieval system (bookBot) and not in open stacks. A collections move of this size requires strategic planning reinforced and guided by lots of data, assessment, and clean-up of records, items, and processes. This system-wide effort has given us unique and unprecedented opportunities to assess our collections, their scope, access, composition, and trends in growth and use.
This presentation will describe the collections move project at NCSU Libraries focusing on the data gathered and assessment tools and strategies employed. It will describe what we learned about our collections and how these techniques can be employed by other libraries regardless of whether your collection are on the move or not.