Using a bar code reader to inventory your library

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Using a bar code reader to inventory your library

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dec 20, 2008, 9:42am

Has anyone had any experience with this? I have an fairly large library (probably over 3,000). I've been keeping a manual inventory in a spread sheet. This is time consuming. Any suggestions. Seems like there must be a method of reading the bar code then dropping the information into a database.

Randy in Michigan

dec 20, 2008, 11:52am

You can purchase a bar code reader from LibraryThing!

From the page: "The CueCat scanner is a cheap but effective barcode scanner that plugs into your computer's USB port. LibraryThing reads data from unmodified CueCats. They cost $15 each."

jan 15, 2009, 3:17pm

I tried a couple of CueCats (I still have a few from the days when Radio Shack was giving them away) but in my experience they're hit-or-miss if you use them with a laptop computer (my preferred method, as my library is down the hall from the lab). It was easier to enter books by their ISBN numbers, with a small minority requiring manual entry.