[Access-ip] rules or practices for barcode placement
marybeth.bean at yale.edu
Tue Feb 16 13:18:35 CST 2010
We had placed barcodes in the back inside cover of books, from the beginning of barcode time (a definite geological era that includes barcodes that one needed to cover with mylar - you older folks know what I mean). However, when our off site storage operation began some years ago, books destined for that location had barcodes placed on the front cover, left upper corner. Recently, in part possibly motivated by shelf ready book processes, all new barcodes are to be placed on the front cover, left upper corner.
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Subject: Re: [Access-ip] rules or practices for barcode placement
At Temple - when we first started barcoding books - we put them on the inside of the front cover. When we started looking at the 3M self-checks 3M advised us to place them on the back cover, which makes them much easier to check out on the self-checks. So we're been doing for about 10 years now.
On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Weyand, John <weyand at fas.harvard.edu<mailto:weyand at fas.harvard.edu>> wrote:
We're looking for some general information - nothing official (unless you're willing to share documentation) - for practices for BARCODE placement. If your institution has a practice that differs for whether an item is headed to the stacks or to offsite storage, that would be useful as well.
Practices have changed over time at Harvard College Library and certainly among various libraries. Several years ago, an external barcode was generally located on the upper right hand corner of the FRONT cover of a Widener Library book (upper right of 'back' cover for R-to-L script volumes). For depository items, the barcode was located on the upper left hand corner of the FRONT cover (upper left of 'back' cover for R-to-L script volumes).
For the past 3-4 years, most barcodes have been located on the upper left corner of the BACK cover.
This is certainly a straw poll and unofficial, but if you'd prefer to keep your institution name off, feel free to email me directly. If I get over a couple responses, I can post the results here (leaving out institutions if asked).
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