Re: Barcodes on videos

Stan Gilliam (
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 06:23:34 -0700

I think the danger in putting labels there is that they may come off in
a machine, possibly damaging it. This in turn may damage tapes that
are subsequently played in the machine.

My feeling generally is that you shouldn't mess around with that side of the
Maybe there are other concerns.

At 04:33 PM 4/8/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Dear Video Librarians,
>We are in the process of automating for the first time. We want to be able
>to put the barcodes directly on the videos, to save the step of opening the
>case to ensure that the video has been returned. Our first choice is to use
>the cases that have a hole cut out on the long side of the video case,
>because these would fit under our scanner. We would then put the barcode on
>the long side of the video.
>The problem is, we have been told that you should not put any labels on the
>side of the video that goes into the machine first. However, we have noticed
>that many videos come with manufacturer's labels already there!
>Does anyone have any experience with putting labels on the 'in' side of
>videos? Also, any other words of wisdom on this subject will be greatly
>Janice Coles
>Niagara Falls Public Library, Ontario, Canada