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Missing Books 3: The Search Continues

Hey everyone!

You guys are so fabulous. In less than 2 months you have shelf read the entire reference collection!

SO, we're going to do something in place of shelf reading for a while.

Perhaps you remember how I mentioned the inventory we did over the summer. We discovered some books are missing and searched for them 2 times. We have to keep searching for them before we can declare them lost or missing.

The search for the missing books continues!

Search for missing books instead of shelf reading.
The missing books log will be in the same location as the shelf reading log.

Read the instructions and ask me any questions.

And for your reading pleasure, here are the instructions:

Searching for Missing Books
Inventory Project, Fall 2008

Do one page of the list at a time. Do all the steps in Reference at once, then head up to the stacks to do all those steps with all the books. Don’t go back and forth for every title. It is not time efficient.

Search for missing books instead of doing shelf reading.

Search for them 30 minutes for every 2 hours you work.

Write your name, where you searched, if you found the book, and the date in the right column.


• Check Ignacio:
• Do a title search – if you can’t find it that way do a call number search
• Check the book’s location, status, and if we have multiple copies in the library.
• Check the exact shelf location in Reference.
• Check behind the books at and around the exact shelf location—then check the center of the shelving unit down by the floor (to find books that have been pushed so far back that they have fallen between the shelves).
• Check the regular stacks.

Once in the regular stacks…

• Check the exact shelf location. If it’s not there, then…

Basically, try to think the way someone would when they misshelve something.
We are trying to find a book that was inproperly shelved.

• Check around the exact shelf location.
For example, if you are looking for BR 129 .G3 H43 1990,
then check all the 129 .G3’s, then check 129.?? .H,
then do the same in the 127’s, 128’s and 130’s.
• Check the same call number in other letter fields. For example, if you are looking for BR 41, check B 41, BS 41, BT 41, BV 41, etc…
• Check for similar or rearranged numbers. For example, if you are looking for BX 410, check BX 140, BX 41, BX14, BX 4100, etc…
• Check look alike call numbers, for example E and F, C and O, B and D

If you think you found the book…

Get the book and show it to Kelci. If she’s not here, leave it somewhere she can find it and leave her a note about it.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 23rd, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Got it!

Oct. 23rd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Cool! sounds good

Oct. 24th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! -Jeremy
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)

Oct. 27th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
i never thought i'd miss shelf reading :]
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
sounds good Kelci,

- Mike
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
aww yes, and the hunt for the missing books continues!
-Katie Patterson
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