Have you checked your stacks lately?

Disasters don’t always come in the form of earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes.  Recently, several sections of journal stacks at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University collapsed, falling sideways and creating a domino effect that spilled bound journals 4 and 5 feet deep through about a dozen ranges of shelving and completely blocking the door to a restroom.  Fortunately, the stacks fell when the library was closed, so no one was injured.  However, the shelving collapse did disrupt service provision for over a week.  The lesson here is to make sure your shelving is properly installed, braced top and bottom, and checked frequently for stability!