[Koha] speeding things up--barcoding our collection

David Schuster dschust1 at tx.rr.com
Mon Feb 9 15:58:12 NZDT 2009

Couple of suggestions:

1 - if you are using a support company - getting the "biblios" numbers from
the Koha system and seeing if they can link the barcode based on Biblio's
number would be helpful from your CSV file...

2 - If you are using 3.0 - again with the biblios number as the match you
would have to build your csv/excel file into a MARC file - but using the
999? where biblios number is stored I believe - import item information in
batch(need testing to make sure you get all the fields)

3 - use a macro key as you type in the information to Koha so that all you
have to do is enter certain pieces.  I've built a macro using something from
a previous life(jtautoentry - by Jim Taylor - Free...)
http://jtdata.com/ - I've built a script that fills in most of the fields,
and then "pauses" for a stated amount of time before it goes to the next
field.  It works as long as you know what you are doing and typing fairly

Hope that helps...  

4 - Send your shelf list in and get barcodes printed with information on
each record etc...  Several companies do that, but then you still have to
match the barcode to the right book - and maybe doesn't solve your situation
getting the data into Koha...

Good luck!

David Schuster
dschust1 at gmail.com

doybia wrote:
> At long last my library is starting to barcode our collection.
> A little background:
> Most of the catalog already consists of marc records in the state union
> catalog. The Dept. of Libraries has kindly loaded these records on a disk
> and sent them off to be loaded into Koha.
> Our collection is not barcoded (we are still a manual circulation library)
> and our task is to stick a barcode in every book and link that barcode to
> the record. We will also be tossing records that don't match any physical
> objects and adding records for items that need one.
> The problem:
> I'm trying to think of a way to avoid having to do a search to bring up
> each record. We'll be adding the majority of the records in shelf-list
> order and it would save a lot of time to be able to work in a table in the
> same order. Scan in the barcode, add the call number info, take care of a
> couple of other details, save the record.
> Has anyone else faced this problem? What solutions have you found?
> Thanks,
> Deborah
> Warren Public Library
> Warren, VT
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