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  1. I have this sneaking suspicion that the school library may have let the kids help with the processing.

  2. The funnier thing is that, with the way the kid on the cover is puckering his mouth, it’s as if he KNEW what bar-code placement would do to his title!

  3. That gave me a giggle. That kid’s creeping me out a little. It’s almost like he knew what the title of the book would turn into.

  4. Why on Earth would you ever place the sticker over the title? Don’t people need to see that?

  5. @Lulu – when it comes to sticker placement people put them in very strange places. One library in our system puts them on that blank page in the front of a hardback book, or the page with things like an excerpt from the story in paperbacks, right smack dab in the middle of it. Making it awkward to scan. Plus with the latter case, just like you can’t read the plot on some, you can’t read the excerpt! And for me at least that’s important. If I’m going to read a romance novel I always want to read the excerpt to see if I’ll be interested.

  6. When I did processing, many years ago, I always tried to prevent covering any part of the title–not always possible, of course. It just may be that their barcode scanner set-up needs to have the barcodes in the same spot–our self-checkout system does. Sometimes, though, I think someone was feeling a bit naughty over in Processing…

    As a cataloger, a pet peeve is when the other sytem libraries (we have 16 others who send materials to be cataloged) cover the series statement! Often, the series statement is not repeated elsewhere in the book.

    This reminds me of a gaffe I made in Processing years ago. We typed the titles on the pockets, complete with the author’s name; in this case, Richard CONDON. Three guesses as what I typed–and had no idea until someone brought it up weeks later…Ooopsies!

  7. Magazines have for years designed their covers with a blank white space in them for the printer to put the address. Too bad book publishers can’t agree on a “forbidden space” on their covers where nothing important (title, author, publisher, etc.) will ever be put.

  8. @Lurker – I’ve always thought that publishers should do special printings just for libraries with special areas for the stickers, triple strong bindings, thicker paper for paperback covers, and more reasonable sizes for certain books so they won’t stick out too much or disappear on the shelves. But they probably won’t because “it’s not cost effective.”

    A girl can dream though. Dream of an art book that isn’t awkward to hold, doesn’t fall apart after a week, and doesn’t hurt so much when it falls out of her hands and onto her foot….

  9. Our local library puts the due date sticker sheets on the lower-left corner of the back of the book, Particularly in trade paperbacks, this is often where information about the cover image is included. Anyway, the stickers inevitably cover up some of the blurbs–not always a bad idea, given how much “log-rolling” goes on in the blurb business.

    When I was working in a junior high school library, our barcodes were always on the lower-right corner of the back cover. That way, during inventory, you just pulled the books to the edge of the shelf, scanned a book, pushed it back, scanned the next one, pushed it back, etc.

  10. I just noticed a Diego (of “Go Diego” fame) DVD on the shelf with an unfortunate label. We always put the first five letters of the author’s name for Fiction books and the first five letters of the title for DVDs. The label for the Diego DVD said “GO DIE.”

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