Include a stacks map / location info next to the call number in HOLLIS records
e.g. Widener (call number) 3 East (link to stacks map)
One can create a simple algorithm (WID-LC --> call number begins with BR, BR falls in between BL and BX) such that location entry of individual items is not necessary
I find that I get very confused about the Widener system since there are two types of call numbers, and if I use the wrong one, I may end up on the wrong floor. Furthermore, in Cabot, there's no way to find which way to turn when you reach the second floor unless you look at the shelves directly. I think more maps or charts that point to where books are would be helpful. Especially near stairs or entrances to floors.
Since I submitted the last update, we have been working on adding maps of the location of selected collections in the Harvard Libraries to Hollis and we are launching an application called Map It this week that should do what you have asked for. During the pilot period, you will be able to click on a link located next to the call number in the Hollis record for items from selected collections from the Widener, Lamont and Law libraries. This link will load a map of the floor in the library where the item is located, and the specific row where the item should be located will be highlighted on the map.
This application is not available on mobile Hollis and is not available in the classic version of Hollis. Because this is a pilot period, we welcome any and all feedback on the application so that we can work to improve it. There is a feedback link on the maps – feel free to submit feedback using this link.
Should the pilot prove to be successful, we will work on adding additional collections in additional libraries.
Thank you for submitting your idea, thank you to the many people who voted for this idea, and we hope that what we have created meets your needs.
Users will really need a map now that the Harvard Library Transition has eliminated the Stacks Division as a staffed unit. Many of the responsibilities once held by dedicated stacks specialists has been for the most part farmed out to (already busy) circulation staff. This new model will mean less support for users.