[Koha] Barcode info needed
Bigwood at lpi.usra.edu
Tue May 6 09:26:46 NZST 2003
The library standard is Codabar. The bar code is structured with the 1st
digit being a 3 for books, a 2 for patrons. The next 4 numbers are the
institution code. Once an agency tracked them, but now just pick any 4
numbers. The remaining are the item number. The last digit can be a check
digit. Not sure if Koha can calculate checksums.
Material Institution Item # Check digit
3 1111 00012345 9
BarCode-1 is the place to go to find out about bar codes. Standards, news, a
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for sale, only unbiased information.
bigwood at lpi.usra.edu
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From: George Jenner [mailto:georgejenner at belgacom.net]
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 4:13 PM
To: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
Subject: [Koha] Barcode info needed
I've helped set up a library for our primary school over the past 8
months or so. Koha was a possible candidate for our computer system but
I couldn't get it going in time. But it's probable that we will change
systems next year, and I will propose Koha again.
Why I'm writing is that we are about to reshelve all the books, and I
want to use the opportunity to put barcodes on them. I think we've got
a volunteer to print them all using kbarcode (found the reference here)
but our ignorance of barcodes themselves is still profound.
What I want to do is print barcodes that will be accepted by any library
software, so I need a specification. I see things like EAN 12, UPC, 3
of 9 (not 7 of 9?). I don't want to know what they mean, I just want
someone to say "use a 13 digit number, EAN 12 coding, don't use letters
and everything will be all right". Is such a specification possible?
Or do I have to know what they mean. ( If so I'll just buy the barcodes
from Junior Librarian, which is the system the headmistress wants - but
I want to spend the money on books)
Our books are numbered from 1 to 6500 and I intend to use those numbers
as barcode numbers.
Many thanks for any advice
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