Friday, March 6, 2009

Arkansas Studies Institute: The Move, Week Three

This week we moved the first batch of our books over to the Arkansas Studies Institute. To do this we used an ingenious system created by CALS own Jennifer Chilcoat. In the system, numbered green slips of paper went into the first book on a shelf and corresponding red slips of paper went into the last book on a shelf. The books were removed from their cozy shelf home, loaded on book carts, and trucked to the new building. On the ASI side of the equation, staff matched the numbers on the green and red slips to the number assigned to the new shelving. All that was left at that point was to reshelf the books and repeat. 500 times.

Next week the rest of our books will make the long journey across the street and the remaining Butler Center staff will settle in to their new office space. Although still empty, the new research room is starting to take shape.

And look! The first batch of boxes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock arrived as I wrote this post and is waiting to be loaded onto shelves.

Please remember that the Butler Center is still closed and will not reopen until March 23rd.

Contributed by Stephanie Bayless, Manuscripts Department.


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