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We're going to start using barcode cards on all our incoming interlibrary loans so that they are all on precats, and not the lending library's own records.

We were thinking of placing barcode cards on all our outgoing ILL items, so that other libraries wouldn't affect our item records at checkout. Does anyone's library use that method or have any experience with that?

Also, as for the physical barcode cards themselves: we have our library's business card laminated with a barcode sticker. Does anyone have a better idea than using tape to affix these to the book cover? It usually works, except with paper covers.
dimmickILL | email
Jul 25 2019, 12:34 PM
We use our own barcodes for ILLs that we receive for our patrons. The barcodes are on laminated index cards so that we can write the item's title on the card. The card is then filed in a box by title and remains here at the library. Once the book is returned, we pull the card and check in the item followed by deleting the precat so we can re-use the barcode. We used to include the laminated barcodes with the item, but some wouldn't come back with the item, and they didn't always fit well, especially in paperback books.

We also use removable labels to write the due date, and put it on the front cover of the book. This way we know the item is an ILL, and it's also a good way of reminding the patron when the item is due back at the library.
Jayme Stonbraker | email
2 hours, 13 mins since original post
We use our own barcodes for ILLs that we receive for our patrons. The barcodes are on laminated index cards so that we can write the item's title on the card. The card is then filed in a box by title and remains here at the library. Once the book is returned, we pull the card and check in the item followed by deleting the precat so we can re-use the barcode. We used to include the laminated barcodes with the item, but some wouldn't come back with the item, and they didn't always fit well, especially in paperback books.

We also use removable labels to write the due date, and put it on the front cover of the book. This way we know the item is an ILL, and it's also a good way of reminding the patron when the item is due back at the library.
Jayme Stonbraker | email
2 hours, 14 mins since original post
Can you post the name of the removable label product that you use on the front cover of the book?
Anon
8 hours, 50 mins since original post
Avery 6479 - Removable ID Labels in assorted neon

I purchased these from Amazon:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083FX8EE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I created a label template using Word that shows our library name, phone number, and due date followed by a line where we write in the item's due date. It works well since the neon colors make the sticker stand out and is an easy way for staff to ID an item as an ILL.
Jayme Stonbraker | email
1 day, 2 hours since original post
We have our reusable ILL barcodes affixed to colored index cards (actually, old unused card catalog cards!) and just use paperclips to attach them to the first page of the book or inside the clear case of DVDs/ Audios.

Only rarely do they get removed/lost by the patron, but in that case I just look up the record of the item checked out on their account and delete the record manually. That barcode is then lost, but we have over a hundred cards made up.
Victoria Stachnik | email
3 days, 23 hours since original post
We, too, use reusable pre-cat barcodes affixed to index cards for incoming items that we check out to our patrons and district libraries. We charge $1.00 for items that are returned to us without barcode or attached paperwork (we attach WorldShare/ShareIt paperwork and lender return labels to the barcode). We've thought about keeping all paperwork on file here, but since our system normally works very well, we've maintained status quo to date.
Valerie Mann | email
1 week, 4 days since original post
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