Bar codes are more than just a bunch of incomprehensible lines. In fact, the monotone strokes contain information that is vital in keeping a lot of things organized. Yes, bar codes are primarily used to establish a system of organizing stuff like books.
Importance of Bar Coding in Libraries
Well, it is not surprising to see a lot of books inside a library. What’s shocking is how the librarians are able to keep track of their inventory. With more books added each year, only a genius can keep up-to-date information about the hundreds of collections that a library contains.
Nowadays, a simple scanner is all it takes to have a control over the multitude of information that is tantamount to the number of books in a library. In a nutshell, bar codes can carry accurate information such as the library database and library member identification. The incorporation of bar codes automates a lot of services provided by librarians. Instead of manually listing or encoding information, making a quick scan can quickly finish the tasks at hand.
Advantages of Using Bar Codes in Libraries
Stock verification is one of the most time-consuming jobs of a librarian. Years before bar codes were used; the library must be locked down in order to have all the books and documents intact for inventory. With the new technology, all the inventory information can be accessed using a hand-held terminal thereby making the process quick and without the need to close down the facility.
Bar codes can also be used for non-library functions such as security checking for authorizing personnel to enter specific library areas and for monitoring attendance of employees.
Thermal Transfer Labels and Bar Codes
Since bar codes are to be placed on books, documents, identification cards, and other library essentials, they must be printed on something for easy access. Here is where thermal transfer labels enter the picture.
Unlike direct thermal labels where bar codes are printed on a highly sensitive thermal paper, thermal transfer labels are more suitable for library bar codes. A heated ribbon melts and transfers the ink onto the paper so the resulting print is more long-lasting and is more resistant to heat, moisture, and even scratches as compared to its counterpart. This means that the information it contains can be accessed for years.
All in all, bar codes are pretty neat as an effective solution for organizing books especially in large quantities. Clerical and data errors can cause a lot of damage in keeping tabs with book inventories and documents and tracking down errors manually can take forever to complete. They are efficient in recording information, and are accurate in the sense that it lessens errors caused by manual recording of data. Bar codes also enable the user to save a lot of man-hours and dramatically increase productivity at work. More importantly, since bar code labels are relatively cheap, printing them in high volumes will never be a problem.