32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Saturday, November 10 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Smart Pull for Remote Storage: How to Keep (Mostly) Everyone Happy When Making a Large Collection Move to Remote Storage

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This session describes a project at Kent State University to selectively move 600,000 monograph volumes to remote storage in seven weeks. The “smart pull” was performed on a database extraction based on a variety of criteria including use, publication year, and subject. Using nine crews with laptops, a storage vendor scanned 1.2million item barcodes at the shelf in order to find the 600,000 items that met the extract criteria; these found items were boxed and moved directly to storage. The library staff did not have to sort or move anything. The resulting collection left in the stacks contained those books with the most recent publication dates, the highest circulation counts, and the most important subjects – across the entire range of LC call numbers. No entire call number ranges were displaced in the process. The remaining collection is half the size, but is twice as focused and dynamic.


Tom Klingler

Assistant Dean, University Libraries, Kent State University
Having worked in libraries since the days of token-ring CD-ROM networks and paper card catalogs, Tom Klingler has been around the proverbial library block.  He has worked in public services, systems, collections, and technical services; has dealt with a myriad of automation projects... Read More →

Saturday November 10, 2012 11:15am - 12:00pm EST
Courtyard Marriott Ashley Room 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401