LIBR 596: Bowen Island Public Library

Students interested in this project should complete the online application form here, please cite the project number 2017-09. Please include a resume, cover letter.

Purpose of the project:
The purpose of the project is to assess, arrange, describe, catalog and physically house the library’s circulating collection of medical equipment. Bowen Library is expanding it’s facility and our “Med Shed” collection will be re-housed in the new Annie Laurie Wood Annex. The collection of mobility, bathing and daily living aid equipment is currently housed in a shed and is manually circulated using paper forms.
This project will asses the items in the collection for suitability of continued circulation; describe and catalog the items; determine storage options; and develop circulation policies for the collection.
Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
-Inventory the items in the collection.
-With assistance from a health professional, determine suitability of items for continued circulation.
-Review classification and cataloging options for non-book materials. Develop a classification system for the collection items.
-Describe and catalog collection items to provide best discovery and access for staff and patrons.
-Determine storage options for the collection within the new space.
-Review and revise (as necessary) circulation policies for the collection.
-Create Collection Development Policies for this specific collection.
-Devise a marketing strategy to make the community more aware of the collection.
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
Host expectations and outcomes:
An easily searchable and discoverable collection.
The ability to monitor the collection and it’s use in the community through statistical records of loans.
The collection will be more easily accessible for staff and patrons/

Student expectations and outcomes:
Student will gain experience in handling, cataloging and circulating non-traditional library materials – an area growing rapidly across public libraries.
Student will expand their understanding of public library collections and the diversity of services provided.
The student will gain experience in classification, taxonomies, and cataloging in a real world setting.
Student will increase their understanding of client driven services.

Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):
  • Winter Term 1 (September – December)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
Ideally the project will be completed in conjunction with the completion of the Annie Laurie Wood Annex. Projected date for construction completion is between December 2017 and January 2018.
The Med Shed collection will be moved from it’s current location to the newly constructed space preferably before the new addition opens.
Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)
LIBR 511 – Cataloguing and Classification
LIBR 580 – Collection Management

Additionally, coursework in Taxonomies (LIBR 514E) and Public Library management and services (LIBR 576 or LIBR 531) would be considered beneficial.

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