Project ARS: Other locations
Our Library is not the only location to have an ARS included. We included it to save money while still allowing access to material without resorting to off-site storage or use expensive high density shelving. Here you may find other locations who have included AS/RS, plan to include AS/RS, are thinking about, or have thought about including AS/RS in their library.
Presently (July 16, 2002) 4 libraries have included similar AS/RS as part of their process, while 1 has created a different kind of system in-house:
Construction is presently planned or underway:
Presently (February 23, 2003) I know of other libraries that have announced their intentions to add a modern AS/RS to their process: (These are from official announcements or personal knowledge.)
Some location have published paperwork on the web demonstrating consideration of an AS/RS in a library. Links to these papers are provided below (when possible) for libraries that are reviewing inclusion of AS/RS.
- An Oxford Library and other Oxford Libraries have directors who will be meeting in March (2003) to review possible use of an Automated Storage System to work with their libraries. Building restrictions, finanaces, and politics have set a stage to make inclusion of AS/RS in their new plans an excellent alternative. Several decision makers will be meeting in March to hear how an AS/RS could help solve some of their present problems with offsite storage and a need to retrofit older building used to house books. (Information gained by me from private correspondance with John Duffy (firstname.lastname@example.org) okayed for replublishing by him.) (Presently, there are no direct links to this project, but if the project is okayed, they will likely have a webite. Once I have a URL, it will be included here. Lastly, the meeting is not an open meeting - just for employees in-house.)
- Colgate: http://newbuilding.colgate.edu/uploads/Meeting%20Notes,%20November%2020,%202002.docA document with suggestion Colgate was considering ASRS as late as November 20, 2002.
- University of Denver, Penrose Library: http://www.du.edu/nca/penrose.pdf
- Virginia Tech, University Libraries: http://www.lib.vt.edu/info/stratplan/list.xls mentions inclusion of AS/RS in plans.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: http://gateway.library.uiuc.edu/administration/planningbudget/storage/resources/CICsummary.htm from April 2000 mentions AS/RS.
People at some locations may only be reviewing possibilities for the distant future but are not anywhere close to making decisions: (Some of these may have looked into it, but decided against it. The questions they have had may have been prompted by students conducting research, but I have not asked. When I have something concrete on a decision, I try to update the information.)
- University of Nevada, Reno (no links, nothing published)
- Michigan State University (no links, nothing published)
- University of Tokyo (no links, nothing published)
- University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) (no links, nothing published)
- University of Nebraska at Lincoln
- National University of Singapore (no links, nothing published)
At least one university has considered it but not included it:
- University of Western Ontario (considered it in 1986, but chose an off campus storage solution.)
- Yale (I contacted a person at Yale who said they have considered it, but they do not see need for this technology to be included at this time (Sept. 4, 2002))