Books in Transit: The Logistics of Library Book Movement

Reynolds, S, Mercieca, P, Hooi, E and Bramley, T 2020, 'Books in Transit: The Logistics of Library Book Movement', Collection Management, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 19-39.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Books in Transit: The Logistics of Library Book Movement
Author(s) Reynolds, S
Mercieca, P
Hooi, E
Bramley, T
Year 2020
Journal name Collection Management
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 39
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In 2015 RMIT University commenced a two-year building redevelopment project which included completely refurbishing the main library. Approximately 180,000 books were temporarily moved to off-site storage and this posed the challenge of how to manage a working collection so that there would be minimal impact on the university's students and staff still requiring 'just in time' access. In preparation, the library implemented a two-year project to enable it to continue to provide high-level services for the duration of the construction work. This paper considers if logistics processes could be applied to mitigate any access issues caused by off-site storage of library resources.
Subject Librarianship
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Organisational Planning and Management
Keyword(s) academic libraries
collection movement
logistics
off-site storage
service levels
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01462679.2019.1626784
Copyright notice © 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN 1545-2549
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