Re: Barcoding backfiles Matthew Person 05 May 2009 20:45 UTC

We are involved in a mass digitization project which requires us to barcode anything we digitize (our collection is not barcoded).

It is an easy process. Hard for me to say how long it takes due to other issues here.

Yes, a laptop in the stacks, lots of bar codes, a barcode scanner.

Now if you are creating item records in your ILS, that can take up time...depending on how much information you are placing in the item record. I'd say about 20 volumes per hour.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sarah D. Tusa" <Sarah.Tusa@LAMAR.EDU>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2009 4:24:04 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [SERIALST] Barcoding backfiles


Has anyone barcoded their library's bound periodicals retroactively? If
so, could you please share some of the basic logistics of man/student
hours used and on average how many volumes per week (or day) you were
able to complete?

Our cataloger is thinking of getting a laptop set up for this purpose,
and currently has one 20-hour-per-week student to dedicate to the
project, but we have at least 126,000 bound periodical volumes to be

Thanks for any experience or insight!

Sarah Tusa, Associate Professor

Coordinator of Collection Development & Acquisitions

Mary & John Gray Library, Lamar University

PO Box 10021

Beaumont, TX 77710-0021

Ph: 409/880-8125

Fax: 409/880-8225

Matthew Person
Technical Services Coordinator
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543