Inside the WHUT video library clean-up – part 1: SpaceSaver

Resident log, NDSR date 20161121.1

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We are definitely making headway with the WHUT video library! While I’ll continue updating the progress of WHUT’s video library clean up, I first wanted to outline some of the steps and accomplishments we’ve done thus far.

Consider this a flashback post since we fixed the shelf back in September.

Back in 2011, WHUT participated in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting project: http://americanarchive.org/. Along with an inventory list and digitized content, WHUT was given a list of recommendations:

WHUT’s RECOMMENDED “TO DO” CHECKLIST
new shelves to be placed in library-adjacent rooms A and B
retiling the linoleum floor
thermometer and humidity reader
removal of 2 metal shelves in the back of the library
new overhead light bulbs
new overhead light fixture covers
fix the broken sliding shelf (manually or by contacting the company)

The majority of these recommendations are doable and I plan on tackling all of them (except maybe the retiling the linoleum floor. Nobody got time/money/space for that.)

The first one I thought I’d tackle was “fix the broken sliding shelf.”

Our compact shelving unit was broken. How broken was the shelf?

This broken:

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CCBYSA. Photo: SpacerSaver_01
I still don’t know how the gear and chain fell out (you’ll see why later)

I didn’t want to manually try and fix (or possibly break) the shelf. So I decided to contact the company:

¡SPACESAVER!

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Photos CCBYSA – made on http://gifmaker.me/

I called the 1-800 number on their site: http://www.spacesaver.com/ and eventually got a call back. Fun fact: each region has a SpaceSaver representative and ours was Zach! I stated who we were (WHUT at Howard University); explained the situation (the gear and chain fell out. Apparently a common problem); and asked how much it would cost to fix it (our quote was $275). After talking with the rep, I had to schedule a time for when the SpaceSaver technician (Ron) could stop by. But before I could call Ron, I had to confirm with my supervisors at WHUT that this shelf should/could get fixed and we’d need outside help to do it.

When I got the thumbs up from WHUT, it was time for the shelf to get fixed!

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Giphy: http://giphy.com/gifs/qualcomm-d3MLEZoYiWR0J2TK

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a compact shelf looks like?

Probably not, because who wonders that?! But this is what it looks like inside and it turns out we have a super rusted over axle. And since this shelving unit is from the 1990s, unless we want to update to the new, electronic compact shelving (which probably won’t happen while I’m here at least), there’s not much we can do about it now besides being gentle to Shelf A/B as we move it and keeping it clean.

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CCBYSA/ Photo: spacesaver_02

Left: SpaceSaver compact shelf. Right: Inside SpaceSaver compact shelf.

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Super rusty. We doused it in WD-40
Photos: SpacerSaver_03, SpacerSaver_04, SpacerSaver_05, SpacerSaver_06
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Seriously!? How the gear and chain fall out?! #archivesmystery
Photos: SpacerSaver_07, SpacerSaver_08, SpacerSaver_09, SpacerSaver_10

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Thanks Ron from SpaceSaver!!!

It only took 2 hours to fix. Honestly, the scheduling/planning/approving process of fixing the shelf took longer. And now the broken sliding shelf is fixed and no longer broken!

YAY SMALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

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Giphy: http://giphy.com/gifs/hulu-parks-and-recreation-nbc-l0MYMPis1gRhiYNk4
WHUT’s RECOMMENDED “TO DO” CHECKLIST
new shelves to be placed in library-adjacent rooms A and B
retiling the linoleum floor
thermometer and humidity reader
removal of 2 metal shelves in the back of the library
new overhead light bulbs
new overhead light fixture covers
 screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-11-23-12-am fix the broken sliding shelf (manually or by contacting the company)

End of resident log, NDSR date 20161121.1

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