For example, during the late fall 2012 and early spring 2013 academic year a library video weeding project, evaluation of second floor collections, and reorganization of library department office space resulted in two significantly sized second floor collections being relocated to the library ground floor. Space - glorious space was now available and it was necessary to proceed with caution and purpose.
Flush with success, I decided to let 'the dust settle' and the shelving remained empty during summer and fall 2013. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moves when the end result is a more attractive and usable area. Collection movement created energy and interest in the affected areas. Generally speaking, collections removed from the second floor were not missed. However, changes to the juvenile collection, even with the end result providing more space, caused some user angst. Signage was updated, the IRC Pinterest site provided pictures of the move, and a much needed overhaul for the IRC Handbook began.
The never-ending winter, also known as the spring 2014 term, provided opportunity to make a number of quick collection and space adjustments necessary to facilitate my planned summer juvenile collection project (in conjunction with migration to LibGuides v2, but that's another blog post or two). In order to increase space for activity books, the IRC curriculum textbook collection was weeded, updated, and shifted to the open shelving near the LC Ls. Big books, book kits, and award books were moved to the open curriculum space. After purchasing two new media racks, the big book area was expanded. Big book stands were moved from inside the IRC with materials kits to shelving adjacent to the big book collection. I was exciting to add new big books and book kits too the IRC and juvenile collections.
Now the aforementioned sections of empty shelving are positioned at the end of the juvenile collection ... exactly where I need them to be.