Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shout-Outs: Barker Storage Team

I just wanted to take a little space here to give some major props to my fellow members of the Barker Storage Team (Bethanie, Peter and Laura) for kicking some major journal-ass.

So to all my Faithful Readers, if you see any members of the team feel free to give them a high-five, fist-bump, bear-hug or slap on the ass (depending on which one is appropriate for the setting, of course).

For anyone in need of a little back story, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Barker Library is lovingly nestled beneath MIT’s “Great Dome.”

The Great Dome is prone to all-kinds of leaks. These leaks have escalated in recent years to a point that the uppermost floor of the library is no longer suitable for housing books.

As such, we were given the unenviable task of sending the entire collection on the eighth floor to off-campus storage.

In the end, we spent three solid weeks doing almost nothing but lugging cart after cart full of journals up and down the floors of the library. We would then begin the process of double-barcoding, changing statuses and locations in the online catalog and boxing up journal after journal.

It may not sound like a daunting task to hear it described, but ask anyone who has ever done a library storage project and they’ll tell you that these projects were initially created in a joint effort between the Devil, Hitler and Tony Danza as a way to keep good ole library folks weary and weakened for onslaughts at the hands of library crazies.

In closing, I’ll sum up the awesomeness of our storagerizing by giving you this one statistic…if you put all of the boxes we filled end-to-end they’d stretch over nearly five football fields.