Innovative Labels

My entries are probably going to be a bit sparse this week.  I’ve got three meetings (2 in other parts of the state), a dentist appointment, and on Friday I’ll be visiting family.  But I’ll do my best to keep this site updated.

Today was all about learning how to print spine labels in Innovative’s Millenium cataloging module.  The reps from the consortia did a great job of showing how to use the software, but I can’t help but think that Innovative has seriously dropped the ball on this one.

As of now we’re still using Innovative’s older software, Guicat, solely because of how it prints labels.  You just put your page settings into the config menu, hit print, and put in what you want into the wysiwyg editor.  Simple and it works.

In the new system everything is template based, but those templates have to be created in a third party (fortunately open source) piece of software that requires some knowledge of java script and in which the page measurements have to be converted to postscript points.  Oh and there may not be a way to add additional line breaks.  And the only default template provided forces the use of book pockets.  And it took quite a few years to get this far.

Granted the system does seem to work if you can get past the hassle (or if you’re fortunate enough to have someone else handle the template creation like we do).

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2 Comments on “Innovative Labels”

  1. Elleander Says:

    Yes Yes, who can call this progress? Truly, a decade in the making to arrive at such an incomprehensible program. Still I must point out that it’s only the continuous feed that has pocket labels which believe it or not some libraries still do want for various reasons. One uses them on catalog cards to create a shelf list. Hello– who still files those. Well, if our national grid goes down they will be the only library to know what they have. Of course if the Twilight Zone Armageddon hits let’s hope Burgess Meredith doesn’t break his glasses this time.

    Sheet labels are just spine labels and, if you know your nine’s table as 1/8 in. is 9 pp, then you should be able to whip up a few dozen or so in the next decade. Hmmm, perhaps the vendor should call its software Decadium, unless Millennium is a portent of things to come.

    Must go create more labels now. A process I’ve actually grown to like so either my mind has retired before the rest of me has or the prozac is working.

  2. geekylibrarian Says:

    I think I’m in the minority, but I always preferred the other Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone episode where he plays the world’s last librarian. But for whatever reason people just don’t remember the Obsolete Man. Oh well.

    Be glad it’s the nines table, at least there’s a trick to help memorize that one (the digits in the first 10 numbers all add up to 9). It’s the eights that always messed me up.

    Still, glad to hear the prozac is working for you. I may have to borrow some one of these nights.

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