Greetings from the South Asian Studies librarian office!
We’ve been busy getting materials on the shelves and out to scholars as we work on processing the Benson Collection. Karen Stoll-Farrell, the librarian for South Asian studies, bought almost 5,000 print materials focusing on Southeast Asia from a retiring vendor. This great deal came with a catch….there was no database or title list with the materials included. Part of my job over the past five months (we started this project in May) has been to create a system for figuring out what we have and what IU should put on the shelves. Also known as collection development. Since May, we’ve unpacked and sorted books by language out at the ALF, input materials into an excel spreadsheet, and shipped over 1,000 books (and counting!) to teach services for cataloging. The Benson Collection is the biggest donation to come through the ALF at once. Stayed tuned for the next post, where you’ll get the very detailed step-by-step process we follow as we add materials to IU’s growing southeast Asian collections!