How to create your own book barcode labels

					How to create your own
   barcode labels.

    Why would anyone want to do that?

    More on this question later…
      A WORD OF WARNING!
• This is only to be used to make duplicate/
  another copy of an assigned barcode for official
  use.
• DO NOT MAKE ORIGINAL BARCODES FOR
  THE LIBRARY AUTOMATION SYSTEM.
• The authority control for library barcodes currently
  rests with Chris Doute’s position.
• You can, however, make copies of your Blockbuster
  rental card, Public/UVI Library card, Office
  MaxPerks card, MASA card, etc. for your own use.
                   Problem:
• You have a new book with a book jacket. You
  would like to put a barcode on the book and on the
  book jacket, so that when the jacket is eventually
  discarded the book still has a circulation barcode
  attached.
• But, the barcodes we were supplied with have only
  one barcode and one number label. (I put mine on
  the title page) Perhaps in future we can two full
  barcodes instead of one. (hint, Susan)

• So what can you do?
                Solution
• Make your own barcode “label” to attach to
  the book or jacket.

• I will now show you how it’s done…
      What steps are needed
1) Download a “3 of 9”, also called
  “Coda 39”, barcode font. There are many
   barcode fonts from which to choose.
1) Install the font into your Microsoft Word
   or Microsoft Office fonts folder.
2) Design the barcode label you want in
   Word or Office using both text and 3 of 9
   fonts.
3) Print out your barcode or barcodes.
         Step 1 The download
• Locate a True Text font version of the 3 of 9
  barcode font. This works like any font except it looks
  like a barcode.
• Useful websites I found include:
• http://www.advancemeants.com/code39font/downlo
  ad.htm (good)
• http://www.barcode-1.net/pub/russadam/fonts.html
  (better)
• http://www.barcodesinc.com/free-barcode-font/
  (best, and it’s free)
       Step 2 Installing the font
• This is a little tricky (or was for me)
• You must open the MS Word or MS Office font
  folder. Go to Control Panel; Administrative Tools;
  Fonts folder. Click on File and choose “install font”
• Once you’ve done this the rest is easy. It acts just
  like any other font. I downloaded two named “Free
  3 of 9” and “Free 3 of 9 extended”.
  Step 3 Designing your “label”

• Using MS Word or MS Office…and
• Using a combination of any font you choose and
  the “3 of 9” font you can design your own label.
  The barcode fonts tend to look small so a larger
  font size is usually indicated.
• You can choose to make it look like all the other
  labels or not. It’s up to you.
• I suggest that if you choose to take the time to
  make a label that looks just the way you like it,
  save it as a template so it is easy to use over and
  over again.
                    Example

      VIDOE
                      These are Ariel font, 18 point
33071001059999
3 3071 00105 9999
                      This is 3of9 extended font, 28 point


                      Do NOT type spaces into the barcode.
                      If you do, the library software will not
                      recognize the material when you scan it.
  Other handy things you can use
         with this new skill
• Make a copy of your barcode from Blockbuster.
• Make a cooler, better staff ID card for yourself.
• Make student ID’s for use at your circulation
  desk with pictures & barcodes.
• Make a copy of your library card from UVI,
  Landmark Society (Whim library), or public
  library. Or make one card with all three barcodes
  printed on it.

				
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