Labeling library materials
Once materials for the library collection are cataloged, they must be labeled well for use by the patrons. This involves making sure that the library name is stamped in several places on the item and any packaging it may have. The call number is placed in at least one obvious place, usually the base of the spine. Many libraries use an automated system for checking out their items, so a barcode unique to each item is placed in an obvious and consistent place for use when checking materials out. Date due slips may be placed in the item, to be stamped when the item leaves the library. Special features such as reference or other special use markings, or security treatment, may also be added to the item.
Once materials are marked according to standard library guidelines, they are placed on the library shelves, ready for use by the patron.
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