Our annual shelf-reading project has been completed. What is shelf reading? It is when the library staff goes book by book on the shelf, making sure everything is in call number order. Why do we do this? Obviously it helps us tidy things up and make everything easy to find. But here is another reason: finding missing books.
Throughout the year, when someone reports a book missing from the shelf, they are searched for several times. If they are not found, we put them on a list to eventually replace or withdraw. This year’s annual shelf read revealed a total of 33 books that had been “missing.” That’s 33 books now available for use again, and 33 books we won’t have to spend money on replacing!
Shelf-reading is a tedious process, but well worth it!