My supervisor tackled file cabinet, tossing out drawers-full of old files (she emptied out 2 full file cabinets). I dealt with the 'supply' area, which was effectively a graveyard of any office crap that someone didn't want in their office. My colleagues attacked other shelves and cabinets, and we spent a genial morning exclaiming in surprise at what we found:
- Several unopened, sealed boxes of 5 1/4 inch floppy disks
- Even more unopened boxes of 3 1/5 inch floppies
- A horde of used floppies containing gawd-knows-what from long-retired employees
- Several boxes of transparent sheets (used for overhead projectors, of which there are none in the library - at least, to my knowledge)
- 7 boxes of envelope labels
- Enough hanging folders to completely fill up every file cabinet in the area - not counting paper to put IN the folders
- Paper of every color of the rainbow
- Enough plastic paper covers for every piece of paper in the building.
- 4 columnar accounting pads
- A receipt book
- Pink message pads that are older than I am
- Random cords and cables
- Printer cartridges that don't match anyone's printer
- A plastic mat for office chairs
- Some weird sorting thing that we had no idea how it would be used
- A rolodex that had interesting phone numbers in it, including those of Erma Bombeck and her secretary.
- Several pad of custom post-its (saying things like "Rush" and "Route to"
- Custom stamps with initials and fund codes for librarians that I've never heard of.
- Oh-so-many stamp pads and various refill inks
- A flock of mouse pads
- Several dozen wire baskets
- Enough pens and pencils to ensure we never need to order writing utensils again
- The find of the day - an old laptop. I mean old - I took a picture,
but am too lazy to post it right now, so this will appear soonhere it is. I'd guess this thing is close to 20 years old.
This is really a short list, mainly consisting of my own discoveries. We emptied out at least 50 3-ring binders, recycled boxes full of old catalogs and manuals, tossed old routing slips and obsolete forms.
At the end of the day, we had reorganized our mail baskets and supply area and cleared off many other shelves. Our hard-working students boxed up 3 huge boxes of crap and moved the empty file cabinets and 2 other storage cabinets into a fortress for the university surplus folks to cart off. Once that's done, we'll tear down some other shelves and clear out more junk. But we all thought it was one of the best days at work in years!
Our final pile o' junk!