It has been an exciting three years

Since its inception, Overton & Associates has assisted libraries during the planning and execution phase of their library relocation projects. What separates us from other consultancies is our ability to assess both budget and resources, helping to create the most economical solution for your relocation needs. Our tried and true methodologies are reflected below in some real scenarios

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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University of Southern Illinois

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 early.

We are 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 to contact.

Susan Tulis
Associate Dean for Information Services
SIU Morris Library

Pamela Hackbart-Dean
Director, Special Collections Research Center
SIU/Morris Library

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