What else is a Preservation Librarian to do when a good friend and colleague shows up with a huge stack of posters? Help them move them gladly, of course! Our team had been batting around the idea of a “map cart” for some time and Tanya Zanish-Belcher had sent me some great visual ideas. In addition to these fragile WWI posters, we also had to move large, elderly maps around from our map cases into our classroom. Without a good conveyance, these maps might have a rough voyage. I remembered a seldom-used, large plant-moving dolly that I had Facilities build back in the 1990’s and felt it would be a perfect base for the map/poster cart. To save us some money and help us test a cart’s abilities in our stacks, I re-purposed an existing wooden flatbed that had been used elsewhere previously.
To turn a plant mover into a map and poster mover, I constructed a foam core triangle to sit on top of the dolly and added book-cloth straps Voila – we had a cart for safely moving large, fragile objects. This will help us move our larger Special Collections materials around without damaging them. No more armfuls of posters taller than us anymore! Look for the cart on Reynolds 6, or ask us for a demonstration.