Barcode technology is an automatic identification technology. It can be considered as a predefined format of dark bars and white spaces. Real-time data collection can be done faster with accuracy by use of barcode technology. Improvement in performance, productivity and profitability can be observed by combination of barcode technology with computer and application software.
The check in and check out and renewal of reading material can be a time consuming process and laborious process in a library. An effective library requires each document to be barcoded. A barcode label containing accession number equivalent barcode, call number and institution logo can be used for library applications. These labels can be printed by a barcode printer. Zebra printers, Wasp printers, HP printers of various models are in use worldwide. The code can be read by barcode scanners like Symbol scanners, HP Laser scanners and so on. Symbol barcode is one of the different barcodes which is in use by many educational institutions.
An authorised ID card of a library can include barcodes. A barcode reader can be interfaced with a computer. Tracking of books can be made easy with barcode applications in libraries. Let us know about some of the advantages of using barcode technology in libraries.
- Access and membership codes can be entered for accessing quickly without errors
- Total integrity of collected data can be maintained
- No queues at check in or check out counters
- Pile up of data work for counter staff can be avoided
- Suitable remainders can be generated to delinquent borrowers
- Verification of stocks can be made easy
Due to these advantages barcodes are applicable in libraries.