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The Automated Storage and Retrieval System and Simplified Stack Arrangement at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana July 2009 By Donna R.R. Resetar Associate Dean of Library Services Handout Valparaiso University is a private, primarily undergraduate university, located in northwest Indiana about half-way between Chicago, Illinois, and South Bend, Indiana. Valpo (as we call ourselves) is comprehensive institution that combines a strong liberal arts program with professional schools in business, engineering, nursing and law. Total enrollment is about 4,000 students. The University opened its new main library, the Christopher Center for Library and Information Services, in August 2004. The Christopher Center replaced Moellering Library, which was built in 1959 and expanded in 1969 to hold 266,000 volumes. The Christopher Center is twice the square footage of Moellering and features an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) from HK Systems. Capacity of the Christopher Center is estimated at 600,000 volumes; 300,000 on open shelves and 300,000 in the ASRS. The ASRS is fully integrated with our Innovative Interfaces library system. For a description of how an ASRS operates, see “Maximizing Library Storage with High-Tech Robotic Shelving,” by Rick AmRhein and Donna Resetar in Computers in Libraries , v. 24, no. 10 (November/December 2004). The ASRS at Valpo consists of 1,872 bins housed in a rack in an area that is 30 feet wide, 80 feet long and 30 feet high. The bins are four feet long and two feet wide. Most of our bins (1,456) are fourteen inches high, but we also have 312 twelve-inch and 104 eighteen-inch bins.
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