Materials in the library are arranged by call number (the label on the spine of the book) using the Library of Congress classification system (or "LC" for short). It's important to learn the LC system for shelving and for helping patrons locate materials.
The shelving process begins at the Access Services Desk when materials are returned by patrons or other library departments. Here we check items in on WMS and sort them by collection and call number on place them on the short book shelves directly behind the desk.
When we're ready to shelve materials into the collection, we put them on the top shelf of a book truck (still in call number order) with the spines facing up. Please check in books again in the WMS system to ensure all materials have been accurately checked in.
Shelving materials back into the collection is one of the most important jobs in the library. Accurate shelving makes materials accessible and usable to the patrons who need them.
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Check with a staff member if you are unsure of where the books should be shelved!
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One of your tasks will be shelf reading, which is when you browse the collection to make sure materials are in the correct call number order. This practice is essential to keeping the book shelves, or stacks, organized. On your shelf reading log enter the following information:
Consider the following when reading your section:
While stacks cleaning is very important for the collections it can be dirty and tedious work. Schedule breaks, rotate tasks, and let someone know if you are having difficulties doing the work or encountering problems with the collection. Make sure dust masks and ear plugs are easily available for people cleaning. Four hours should probably be the maximum time per day any one person spends cleaning. Stacks cleaning should always be done by a team of two people if possible - the work goes faster, easier and is less tedious if done together. By cooperating, two people should be able to vacuum three sections of books and shelving in an hour.
Some things to consider before beginning stacks cleaning:
Each team of two cleaners shares a book truck and other supplies (see list at the end of this article). One team member transfers a shelf of books, a few volumes at a time, to a book truck or hands them to a second team member to place on the truck. Care is taken to keep the books in order.
One worker then wipes down the shelf, first with a dry rag or vacuum cleaner and then with a damp (not wet) rag rung out in a dilute solution of Lysol® or other disinfectant. The team works through the shelves from top to bottom, so any dust falling lands on the next shelf to be cleaned. After a damp wipe, the shelf is carefully dried since it must be dry when books are returned to it.
Meanwhile, the second team member treats each book individually, dusting the head of the book first where the most dirt accumulates. The closed book is cradled securely under one arm with a hand supporting the fore edge. The head of the book is tilted forward with the spine uppermost. A soft cloth or brush is used to push the dust away from the spine. Dust that falls down the spine or between the pages of the book is there forever! Finally, a soft cloth is used to wipe down the sides and other edges of the book. Great care must be exercised so that the cloth does not snag on torn or loose parts of the binding.
Finally, one team member hands the dusted books, one or two at a time and in order, to the other who positions them on the clean dry shelf. Each worker needs a hand free to support the other books in the row during transfer. The worker placing the books on the shelf insures that the books are all upright, adequately supported, and flush with or an inch or two in from the front edge of the shelf.