Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
Friday, October 6 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Lost in the Library: Tales of Inventory Adventures and Lesson Learned!

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Have you ever pulled a moldy book off the shelf to fill a request and wonder why it's still there? Or looked for a fiction book only to find out there are four or five separate fiction sections scattered throughout the library? If you have felt lost or confused in the library, you are not alone. Weeding, collection organization, and library design are key ingredients in a successful inventory project. Join us as we talk about how letting go of items through weeding will speed up your inventory process. Learn the importance of consistent call number assignments, visible signage, and complete spine labels to improve patron access to resources. We will share ideas on how to help your volunteers and other lost librarians find and inventory your complete collection! We will also include bonus tips on how to plan for volunteers and correct problems on the fly or after the inventory.


Chris Magnusson

Automation Librarian, Arrowhead Library System
Chris Magnusson is a MILE graduate and has experience working in a public library setting and a regional library system setting. She graduated with a MLIS from San Jose State and she is the Automation Librarian for Arrowhead Library System.

Mollie Stanford

Regional Librarian, Arrowhead Library System
Mollie Stanford has experience working in public and academic libraries, a children's museum, and has worked in federated regional library systems for 10 years. She graduated with a MLIS from the University of Illinois in 2007 and is the Regional Librarian at Arrowhead Library Sy... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 109