Shifting is a common task in the Stack Management Department. It allows us to redistribute space to areas of shelving that are in need of it. Generally when a major shift takes place we plan for 5-8 years of growth room. Planning for any more than this becomes difficult due to constantly changing collections. The shifting process is different for periodicals and books. Below are links to instructions for each.
Shifting is a 3 step process. This includes:
Each portion of shifting takes a good deal of time, especially if you are shifting a whole floor. Keep in mind that you need to go shelf by shelf through the section to be shifted 3 times before this process is done.
All shifts require detailed planning. This begins by measuring out the amount of space that the books currently take up on the shelves. As you complete these measurements you also need to measure the amount of growth room to expect. Instructions on how to determine this amount are included in the Periodical and Book Shifting Instructions below.