Collection Management Projects

What We Do

In addition to ongoing cyclical responsibilities, a growing part of the work in Collection Management Services (CMS) is to provide services relating to large-scale collection management, whether they be transfers, withdrawals, retrospective cataloging projects, physical shifts of collections, or some combination. Almost all such projects have multiple benefits in terms of access for patrons and inventory control, and in some instances quite unique hidden collections have been discovered and made available. CMS is happy to help with projects of any size—our past projects have ranged in size from a few dozen items up to hundreds of thousands.


Working With Us

If you would like to request assistance with an upcoming collection management project, please fill out the CMS Project Request form. Mary Laskowski or Jenny Maddox Abbott will get in touch with you to discuss your request further.


Past Project Work

Collection Management Services (CMS) has worked on a variety of projects in the past several years. Last year alone, more than 150,000 items passed through the hands of and were processed by the permanent and project staff of Collection Management Services. This number includes a wide range of formats, level of cataloging complication, size and scope of projects, and workflows to follow.

Below are just a few of the projects the unit has worked on.

  • Assisting with New Service Model (NSM) initiatives
    • Literatures and Languages Library
    • Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL)
    • International Area Studies (IAS) Library
    • Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSED)  and Life Sciences Division (LSD) Stacks transfers
  • Cataloging backlog collections
    • C-Collection
    • CJK language backlogs
    • Slavic language backlog
    • Clearing out Room 1
    • Clearing out Stacks sub-basement
    • Briefcats
  • Transfers to Oak Street
    • Stacks reference
    • Folio from Main Stacks
    • Architecture and Art Library transfers from Main Stacks
    • Undergraduate Library transfers
    • Grainger Library transfers
  • Cataloging special gift collections
    • Heart Center Astrological Library (Erlewine) gift collection
    • Lawrence R. Schehr gift collection
    • Missouri Botanical Garden gift collection