Print ISBN/Accession Bar Code Labels Overview



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Instructional Materials Management prints the ISBN, title, district name, and the accession number on the same bar code label. For example:


The label sheet size matches Avery 6578 (polyester label) or 6572 (paper label) or the generic equivalent. The label sheet should contain 15 labels: five labels down and three labels across per sheet. Printing runs down column one before proceeding to columns two and three.


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Term Definition
ISBN (International Standard Book Number) Generally, a 10- or 13-digit number assigned by the publisher of the instructional material
Title Displays the assigned name of the instructional material
SLC (State List Code) State-assigned numbers to groups of instructional materials
Publisher Name of the company that publishes the respective instructional material
Books Owned Displays the total number of copies in the campus inventory for the respective ISBN
Labels to Print Field to enter the desired number of labels to print (defaults to the "Books Owned" number)
Highest Accession Displays the last accession number printed within the district (not just your campus)
Beginning Accession Displays the accession number that the first label you print will use
Print Bar Codes Launches the PDF file containing the ISBN/accession barcodes (respective to the selected labels to print). This options always starts printing at label position 1, as shown in the image above.
Select Starting Label Allows for printing on partial label sheets. This selection opens the "Starting Label" page and allows you to assign the starting position of the label to print from the drop-down box. The numbers listed on the sample sheet of labels is the direction the printer will print your labels (down then across, as shown in the image shown above).
Pro Tip: Using a laser printer with a setting of 600 dpi (dots per inch) is recommended. Inkjet printers can blur the minute lines of a barcode label and, therefore, may not scan accurately.

Note: When printing ISBN/accession bar code labels, the computer you are using must have a PDF reader installed (such as Adobe Reader). Within the Adobe Reader Print Screen, make sure your Page Handling is set just like the settings in one of the images below.

  • For version 10 or higher of Adobe® Reader:


    • Size Options must be set to Actual Size.
    • Choose Paper Source by PDF Page Size is deselected.
    • Orientation is set to Portrait.
  • For all other versions of Adobe® Reader:


  • "Page Scaling" must be set to None.
  • Auto-Rotate and Center must be checked.