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  • Barcodes are placed on the UPPER LEFT BACK OUTSIDE COVER

  • Books with Book Jackets:
    • Design & LRL: Retain the jacket.  Barcode the book and the jacket.  Use the barcode Duplicator in 5714, to create a duplicate.  Maintaining the Barcode Duplicating machine.
    • AARR, NRL & VetMed: Retain the book jacket and use a single barcode on the book only. The unbarcoded book jacket stays with book.
    • Hill, Hunt & Math Collection: Do not retain book jackets unless the book itself is unmarked or the jacket and book are attached.
  • Design Books with Accompanying CDs: Place BOTH barcodes on the BACK COVER one next to the other
    • The book (parent) barcode goes in the UPPER LEFT BACK OUTSIDE COVER position. The accompanying CD barcode will be to the right of the book (parent) barcode.
      • Note: Changed March 2013 (per KD). Previously barcodes for accompanying CDs were placed on the inside of the book above the CD itself.
  • Media (DVD, ect.): UPPER LEFT BACK OUTSIDE COVER. VHS tapes will continue to be barcoded with a single barcode on the leftside short end of cassette in horizontal position for inserting in VCR.
  • Items in Pam Binders use piggyback barcodes

PHYSICAL PLACEMENT OF BARCODES IN NCSU LIBRARIES' MATERIALS

Barcode placement varies according to the type and size of material hosting the label. For books and bound periodicals, the usual location is inside the front cover within 6 inches of the gutter. For other materials, use the following table.

Item type

Barcode placement

AUD-CASS

Front of cassette itself

AUD-CD

At lower left front of each container

AUD-DISC

At lower left front of record jacket or box

BOOK

Inside front cover, < 6 inches from gutter

CD-ROM

At lower left front of each container

DVD-ROM

At lower left front of each container

FILMSTRIP

On container

KIT

On bag, main container, or as instructed by branch

MAP

At lower left front, outside of data area if possible

MICROFICHE

Do not barcode except when accompanying material

MICROFILM

Do not barcode

POSTER

At lower left back, place call number label above barcode

SERIAL

Inside front cover, < 6 inches from gutter

SLIDES (in pocket)

Above pocket

SLIDES (in container)

Lower left on front of each container

SOFTWARE

On front of diskette itself

VID-CASS

On left end of cassette in horizontal position for inserting in VCR

VID-CD

At lower left front of each container

VID-DISC

At upper left back of each container

VID-DVD

At upper left back of each container


Piggyback barcodes

Piggyback barcodes have been purchased for use on materials which are expected to be rebound after cataloging. These materials include unbound, spiral bound, clasped, damaged or poorly bound materials, and some paperbacks not expected to hold up to use. If you are at all in doubt about the suitability of a book's binding or publisher's container, use a piggyback barcode. Place the label on the title page of the book, not the cover or preliminary pages, as the latter may get be removed at the bindery causing the barcode to be lost. Remember to insert a piggyback flag when you use a piggyback barcode to alert Marking staff that you are questioning the material for attention. Once bound, Preservation removes the actual barcode from its backing, leaving a blank label on the t.p.