Having to constantly shift materials to make space while maintaining call number order can be challenging and time consuming, particularly when needing to move materials quickly. Most of the library literature around alternative shelving systems is focused on user experience and resource discoverability. A shelf address system makes it easier for library professionals to quickly organize and locate items, making it an ideal choice for a staff only area. Using a shelf-based address system allows quick insertion of materials into any available shelf space without worrying about call number order, but it also comes with its own set of challenges, some of which can have unfortunate results. This poster illustrates the instances when this type of shelving system might be helpful, tips on how to set up the process, and important pitfalls to be avoided.
Quist, Judith E., "The Game of Library Tetris: Using a Shelf-Based Address System" (2018). University Library Scholarship. 114.