As a librarian, you’re involved in reoccurring - and often competing - discussions about how best to develop and manage your collections and how to effectively create more spaces to deliver new services to your users.
When you manage your own storage annex you incur significant management responsibilities such as capital assets, staffing, management contracts and shelving systems. You are also locked into fixed budgets with fixed capacity, making it difficult to plan for projects that require larger accession and/or deaccession. On the flip side, on-campus book storage space is in short supply and could be repurposed at any time.
By outsourcing to a pay-only-for-what-you-use storage model you can respond to on-campus strategies by easily scaling up and down. You also eliminate the burden and cost of managing your annex. Choosing outsourced, offsite storage will allow you to:
With Iron Mountain your patrons will have access to the offsite collection through the same tools they use today. From your library patrons' perspective the user experience is seamless. They will have unmediated access to your offsite content while following your ILS or archive system access rules.
By not placing the burden of ordering remotely stored materials on your library staff you are avoiding the need to create a new circulation workflow. Ensuring that they have the time to provide a higher level of service to your patrons.
With Iron Mountain your patrons can place online orders straight through your ILS, and they will be fulfilled within one business day - either online or through our efficient transportation network:
Iron Mountain has the scale, resources, and expertise to work with you on any size project – whether you need to shift books between library branches or your library annex or get 100’s of thousands of volumes to your library book storage facility. Our experts in the logistics of library moving are ready to help you organize and execute your move. Bring your questions to Iron Mountain.
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