Call numbers allow us to pinpoint the exact location of a book, even if its one among thousands. But what happens if a book gets put back in the wrong place?
Have you seen the Touro library staff on step-stools in the stacks a lot lately? Do you hear beeping noises in the library? The Touro College Libraries are taking an inventory this summer. This requires us to scan the barcode of every single physical item in our collection. At the Bay Shore library, that is over 11,000 books, DVDs, VHS tapes and CD-ROMs. It is a time-consuming and tedious task but it is very important for keeping the collection in order and becoming aware of missing or mislabeled items. While doing inventory we ‘clean up’ too – dust the shelves, remove the occasional due date card left in a book, and identify items that need to be repaired or removed from the collection. A side benefit of doing inventory is the opportunity to get better acquainted with the collection. Over the past two years that I have worked in the Bay Shore library I have become familiar with the books and resources that are most widely used by our students and faculty, but being involved in the inventory gives librarians a chance to see some interesting titles that we may not have come across otherwise.