We're automating our library and planning to add barcodes to our items. Currently we're using the basic ResourceMate package but plan to upgrade Plus-- so want to put the bar codes on now so we don't have to re-handle all our items later.
Have several questions on barcodes I'd like opinions on:
Thanks for any and all comments.
Faith Lutheran Church
We have used pre-printed bar codes for years. We discovered that printing them ourselves was too much wear and tear on our printer and was more expensive than the other way. We do cover our bar codes because the contact paper goes over them when we cover the paper backs, and the dust cover goes over them on the hard back book covers. I want to urge you to think carefully about where you plan to place the bar codes because you will want to be consistent in placement. I wish we had placed them on the back of the book for inventory purposes, but we placed them on the left front corner of the book. Everyone will have a different idea, I just encourage you to think about it so you will be happy later. Rita Kirkland, First Euless
I'm curious about your third bullet item. If you still have the URL for the post, I'd like to have it.
You may be referring to the MARC tag 040 that is a code for the library that created or modified the cataloging. The Library of Congress code is DLC. My public library has a code assigned but they never use it.
Also, I have never heard of Type 1 and 2 bar codes. Does this refer to smart and dumb codes? (Smart codes include eye-readable title/call number information and are used when adding bar coding to an existing library.)
My library also uses ResourceMate 3.0 and we are ready to add barcodes. I would love it if you could share what you have learned about this process. ResourceMate's online catalog does offer pre-printed labels. I would prefer to use that rather than printing my own. I was wondering if the laminated labels would work well without label protectors. I would appreciate anything you could share with me on how this process has gone for you. Thanks!
Thanks for the quick reply. I'm thinking of using Type 2 labels since our library is small. Do you use patron bar codes or patron cards?
i have studied barcodes for many years and have tried a lot of barcode libraries to add barcode, such as Zxing, ID Automation and ONbarcode.
My only comment is re: placement of the barcode sticker. We started out putting them on the upper left front of the media. We have since regretted that. When using the books in seasonal displays, etc., the barcode is a definite distraction. While our library staff felt strongly about being consistent in placement, we made a group decision as new items come in to start putting the barcode on the bottom right on the back.