Moving Yourself? Want to use local labor?
Let Overton & Associates show you how!
- To make a library move fun
- O&A has managed and executed library moves by
utilizing volunteers, local laborers and utilizing the resources of
local moving companies.
- Our simple pre-move labeling procedures will insure
that any worker can accurately move your collection.
- Did you know that even professional library movers
utilize local labor and the majority of that labor has never been
involved in a library move?
- With unemployment high, why not give your neighbors a
chance to earn extra money?
- O&A just completed moving the Special Collections at
Southern Illinois University
- The move encompassed over 100,000 books and over
20,000 University Archives boxes
- We organized the archival and book collections from
two locations and merged each collection into one consecutive sequence
in the new Morris Library.
- We utilized university labor that consisted of 25
laborers, foremen and drivers
- The majority of workers had been out of work for the
past 4 months
- Is there a better feeling than giving local workers
an opportunity to earn money and complete a complex project under budget
and within the designated time line?
Why not speak with O&A and discuss how
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We have been
working with the library since 2006 while the
Morris Library undergoes a major renovation. Our
initial involvement was to determine how to move
1,000,000 volumes and all the existing
electrical compact shelving units. After
creating a comprehensive move plan, the library
realized that it was not cost effective to move
the entire compact shelving system. Our role
then shifted and we had to create a move plan
that encompassed moving over 400,000 volumes
into the top three floors of the renovated
library. Our unique labeling sequence allowed
the University to hire labor directly and O & A
managed the move over a two week period. We had
accomplished the move within budget and one week
currently planning the move of Special
Collections into two floors of the Morris
Library. Again, our plan will be to hire local
labor and manage the move. We will develop the
specifications for moving and have in place
proper handling techniques for all the movers.
Even though the University is basically moving
themselves, we will still have extensive
security measures in place to insure that the
collections arrive intact. Many of our
methodologies that have been implemented have
come from past projects at the Folger
Shakespeare Library, Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and the rare book
collection at Yale Law School. Please feel free
Associate Dean for Information Services
Collections Research Center
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