Physical inventory


In order to make conclusions about the quality of a collection, the data must be reliable. One way to verify a library collection is to perform a physical inventory. Each physical item is checked against its record as reported by the integrated library system (ILS). This chapter breaks this task into manageable parts, and advocates for integrating inventory into ongoing collection maintenance.

Key words


internal controls


item status

shelf location

item type


inventory module

physical condition

collection life cycle

Physical inventory is the act of counting and verifying what is supposedly held by an entity. For a retail business, this is an annual process of reconciliation. It is required ...

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