Our barcodes have arrived, along with the barcode scanner and laptop, meaning that we can now make real headway in preparing for the move to the new special collections building! We will be utilizing barcodes as a means of retrieving materials from the high density storage area in the new building. Consequently, we have to apply barcode labels to every single container, be it a document case, record storage carton, or map folder. You name it, we’re sticking a barcode on it.
The barcoding project will begin with the Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection since it is our largest (approximately 3,500 boxes) and most complex collection. In order to limit confusion, we decided to work on one series at a time within the Russell Collection. Before applying even a single barcode, we developed a 6 step workflow for the project – the goal being to decrease the possibility of missing containers.
To read more about this project, check out the Russell Library Blog. You can read all about our progress on move related projects by clicking on “On the Move” under Topics of Discussion. If you have any questions or comments, email