Network Bulletin No. 00-49

Date:  August 25, 2000

Subject:    Excess and redistribution program (XESS)

Index Term: Steps for bagging XEXX books

NLS requests your help with books being disposed of through
the XESS process.  Some libraries are taking the extra step,
after bagging books and closing the metal bag closure, of
knotting the drawstrings several times to ensure the bag
does not come open.  Someone is even braiding the

Both of these practices extend greatly the amount of time
required to open the mailbags.

Please request that your shipping/receiving staff refrain
from knotting or braiding the drawstrings on mailbags of
XESS books being sent to Landover, Maryland.

Your assistance is appreciated.

For more information contact:

John Lewis
Inventory Management Section