January 18, 2022

California: Company Moving the San Diego Public Library into New Central Facility Profiled

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Moving into San Diego’s new downtown library is a big job, painstakingly amassing 1.2 million items under the new signature dome over five weeks, costing $450,000.

The company selected for the move is based in Chicago, not San Diego. The movers were flown here and are staying at the Town & Country resort.


Valarie Brocato with Hallett Movers said her crew is worth every penny. And she notes some of the jobs are benefiting the local workforce, as students from local colleges are helping with specialized work of marrying the old library’s collection with items that have been in storage.


“Something that really sets us apart is that we understand the library environment,” Brocato said. “We are able to help extract their knowledge of their library and advise them to move in the best way possible.”

Others ask why a San Diego area moving company was not selected to move the library into the new building.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.