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THE MEDIA CENTER: Moving a Boatload

By Mary Alice Anderson - Posted Jan 1, 2007
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"You folks have a boatload to handle." Having survived one of two media center moves our district is making this year (this is my third experience with moving a media center), it's time to share a few thoughts about what worked and what didn't.

Preparing for the move and actually moving require you to assume the role of moving manager while you are still managing a media program. It's a time to apply the superb organizational, managerial, and communications skills that media specialists have and to answer the following questions:

What are the timelines for each step? When should I start? What can be done now, what can be done soon, and what must wait till the very end?

Who can help me? What skills do they need?

What is absolutely essential to have in place when I open the doors to the new media center? What parts of the collection can be packed early? What must remain until the very end?

Should the old media center remain open while we pack? Should the new media center open while we are moving in?

Who's in charge? Who needs to know what? Who can answer my questions? Who will I answer to?

Preliminary Steps and Planning

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