It’s an exciting and busy time here. As you may already know, the service is getting ready for its move to a new home in the Library of Birmingham (LoB) in 2013. Preparations are already under way: this summer we have introduced an appointments system in the searchroom and a change to our opening hours in order to allow us to have more time to work on the collections so that they can be moved. Over the next year we will be checking that all printed and archival collections are listed in our databases and our conservation team will be continuing to ensure that collections are appropriately packaged for safe transportation.
In collections development, a team of four spent most of this summer in the stacks checking what was on each shelf and ensuring that our locations database is accurate. In total they surveyed 15788 shelves, that’s 9.8 miles of shelving! Other staff are dealing with our accessions backlog as well as making sure that any at risk collections are brought to us and continuing with the never-ending task of cataloguing collections so that they can be made available. There will be more up-dates on the preparations for the move over the coming months.
Eleanor, Archives Assistant