It’s Spring and a librarian’s thoughts turn to inventory! Do you keep putting it off because you don’t have expensive equipment? Are you overwhelmed at doing your whole collection at once? Fear not - you don’t need to purchase anything and can do just one section if you want.
Inventory has come a long way. You can do it with a laptop (no internet needed), a scanner (you can use the one at your circ desk or purchase an extra one that could have multiple uses throughout the year), and a flash drive. You don’t need to close your library to do inventory either. In fact, it’s faster if a lot of books are checked out because you don’t need to scan them. Sirsi will account for those items in a report.
Start with a small item group (Biographies) or part of a group (NF 700-799). Your shelves don’t need to be in perfect order, but browse for items in the wrong collection. Run a shelflist (you don’t need to print it) and look to see what Sirsi thinks should be in that section. Then scan that section and run a few reports. Sirsi will even mark items missing for you.
The trick is to follow the directions carefully. We have created a worksheet to help you track your progress. Complete details are in the Workflows Handbook > Special Tasks > Inventory.