May 20, 2022

Yale University: Library Shelving Facility Staff Members Process One Million Items in 11 Months

From Working@Yale:

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, the staff members at Yale’s Library Shelving Facility (LSF) accessioned (i.e, recorded the addition of) the one-millionth item to be transferred to the facility at 147 Leeder Hill Drive in Hamden in fiscal year 2012. It was a book entitled “The Wisdom of the Mythtellers” by Sean Kane and it was sent from Sterling Memorial Library. While there was neither a chiming of bells nor a shower of confetti when the milestone was reached, there were congratulations all around for the office of 15 who topped their goal (878,000 items) in less than 12 months.


Since 1998, LSF has served Yale libraries that are experiencing overcrowded stacks, being renovated with less shelving capacity and/or being torn down. In addition to shelving over-flow academic materials, the facility’s staff also retrieves them upon request and–in conjunction with staff from SML Shipping and Receiving–delivers them by truck to to one of several possible pickup locations around campus. In fiscal year 2010, a plan was put forward to increase LSF’s accessioning potential to meet the demands that would (and have) resulted from the creation of the Center for Science and Social Science Information (incorporates the services and facilities of the Science Library, the Social Science Library, and the ITS Stat Lab) and the emptying of the Mudd Library in preparation for its removal to make way for the new residential colleges..

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