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I would start inventory after spring break. I'd begin with the Reference section. I 
would write in my plan book the sections to do each week. I'd skip around and do 
the least used sections first. Ending with the most used sections.

My method was to use the old fashioned print out method...I'd print out a shelf 
list for the section I was doing. Check off the books that were on the shelf. File 
the print out in a notebook titled Shelf List School Year whatever.

By the time school ended I would have gone through the whole collection a little at 
a time. I had scheduled classes all day, every day.....

I'd spend post planning quickly going through the shelf list and marking what had 
been returned.
I'd highlight the missing books.
Keep the files till the next year.
Print out a new list- mark the missing titles missing 06 or whatever...

I could do this at my own speed. I could ask volunteers to do this. I could even 
ask older students to check the list.

I never could get the hang of the bar code thingy :). I felt this helped me get the 
shelves in order. I could touch the books and make weeding decisions.

I never closed the library. We were open from Day 1 to Day 180.........with 
scheduled classes......
I do love college :)

Kate Stirk, Librarian 
North Metro Technical College; Acworth, GA, USA 
17 years a Media Specialist in Central Florida 
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