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We have times when our scanner does not recognize random barcodes. Any helps as to why it does this?
>1 FTNGREENLIBRARY: We'll need some examples of the barcodes it's not recognizing—are they printed barcode labels from us, or ISBN barcodes? Where are you scanning them (to search your library, or check items in/out. Are you getting any result or error message, or is it simply not scanning?
I am having similar problems. I am trying to create Patron barcodes using existing IDs (a combination of letters and numbers). I transformed them into barcodes using the font Code39 but the TinyCat barcode reader cannot detect them.
In a separate attempt, i used the TinyCat bar codes and barcode reader to create a patron ID but it generates a long strong of .xxxxxx. text within the Admin field for creating Patron ID. Why does it do this?
>3 SAIGONSTAR: I'd need to see a couple of pictures of the actual barcodes you made to see what's going on here. Can you explain what "font Code39" you're using? Did you download the font from somewhere? I'm guessing there may be an issue with that somehow.
Re: creating a patron ID by using the TinyCat barcodes and barcode reader: do you mean you used LibraryThing's pre-printed barcodes and CueCat scanners? If so, you cannot scan-to-enter the barcodes in the patron ID field, because the CueCat does not output plain text (as you've discovered). You'll need to add the barcode number/s manually in the "Barcode/ID" field for patrons before being able to scan-to-search those barcodes for your patrons. I hope this helps.
Hi Kristi, thanks for your reply. Yes, its a downloadable font into Word document. I use only TinyCat barcodes and barcode reader otherwise. My main problems are Tinycat barcodes
1/ tend to smudge after a few fingers touch it
2/ putting a scotch tape over it makes it unreadable for the barcode reader
Currently for patrons, i create a simple ID using their initials and one number. I am concerned that students may lose their library card with barcode and i will need to use new barcodes and input new numbers each year.
Currently for books, i place the barcode on the inside pages without a scotch tape and write the barcode number manually so i can type it in incase the barcode fades off after a few scans.
Thanks for the info. So, what are you looking for help with, specifically?
Re: your patron IDs. If your students lose their library card/barcode number, you should just be able to bring up their patron account (by name or other data fields) within your TinyCat and find what their barcode number is, so you can generate a new card/label for them.
Re: book barcodes. We do print our barcodes with a laser printer which is supposed to minimize smudging, though this may still not be perfect. I did scanning labels covered with tape, and found that though the reflective type of tape failed scanning, using a matte tape worked just fine. I'd recommend trying a matte/non-glossy tape for your labels, which should help.
Let me know if I'm missing anything else!
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