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Label Cheat Sheets

 StacksHD
Book
(no enclosure)
  • long tab
  • ownership label
  • plate
  • spine label
  • ownership label
  • plate
  • Tyvek envelope

Prefab

  • spine label
  • ownership label
  • plate
  • spine label
  • ownership label
  • plate
CMI
  • spine label
  • ownership label
  • plate
  • spine label
  • ownership label
  • plate
Box
  • box/broadside label
  • box/broadside label
Broadside
  • box/broadside label
  • N/A

Book with slipcases

or cloth cases

  • spine label (unless
    otherwise specified)
  • ownership label
  • plate
  • spine label
  • ownership label
  • plate
  • Tyvek envelope
Reference bookvaries; see routing slip 
Labels

Ideal processing lot size*

*based on labels per 8.5x11" template

Spine label48
Long tabMultiples of 3
Short tab18

Broadside/box label

Multiples of 6

Label types

This section describes label types and uses. For positioning of labels, see Books End-Processing: Pasting, Wrapping, and Barcoding.

Ownership labels

For: All materials except broadsides and some boxed materials (see routing slips for directions). Always make ownership labels for books unless and item already has one (ex: transfers).

What they are: Labels printed on cream paper. They include the call number, collection, and accession number or date (if available).

    • Size designations (f, pf) are not necessary on ownership labels. Delete manually.
    • When the accession number is the same as the call number, delete the redundant information from the bottom of the label.
    • Trim labels to leave a 2mm border.

Spine labels

For: Default label for most materials. (HD-bound books, CDs, DVDs, cased materials, and items for the reading room.)

Do not use for: Broadsides, boxes, books staying on site, any exceptions as noted on routing slips.

What they are: Sticker labels printed on adhesive-backed label paper. They contain the call number (including size designations: f, pf, etc.) and special notes:

    • Alerts to Public Services staff, such as "LOOSE MATERIAL," "LOOSE MS MATERIAL," "USE RESTRICTED," "FRAGILE," or "MANUSCRIPT." These will be noted on the routing slip. Enter manually in capital letters.
    • Descriptive information such as volume and year. Enter manually. 

Long Tabs

For: Stacks-bound (on-site) books.

What they are: Bookmark-style labels on cream card stock. They contain the call number (including size designations: f, pf, etc.) and special notes:

    • Alerts to Public Services staff, such as "LOOSE MATERIAL," "LOOSE MS MATERIAL," "USE RESTRICTED," "FRAGILE," or "MANUSCRIPT." These will be noted on the routing slip. Enter manually in capital letters.
    • Descriptive information such as volume and year. Enter manually.

Short Tabs

For: Short tabs are being phased out of our regular processing workflow. However, some cloth cased and slipcased materials may still call for short tabs if the case is too valuable for a spine label. In some cases, we may need to replace existing short tabs. 

What they are: Small labels printed on cream card stock, to be pasted onto the edge of cases. They contain the call number (including size designations: f, pf, etc.) and special notes:

    • Alerts to Public Services staff, such as "LOOSE MATERIAL," "LOOSE MS MATERIAL," "USE RESTRICTED," "FRAGILE," or "MANUSCRIPT." These will be noted on the routing slip. Enter manually in capital letters.
    • Descriptive information such as volume and year. Enter manually.

Broadside/box labels

For: Broadside folders and boxes. (For boxes too small for broadside labels, use the "small box label" template instead.)

What they are: Large labels printed on white sticker paper. They include call number and descriptive information, author, title, date of publication, accession number, donor/fund information, and holding library.

Bookplates

 For: All books, except some reference books. Books without fund designations get generic "Harvard College Library," "Harvard Theatre Collection," or "Woodberry Poetry Room" plates.

What they are: Labels designating the donor of the item or the fund with which it was purchased. They vary in size, shape, and design.

Label-making Process

General Procedures

We generate labels automatically using label templates and macros (keyboard shortcuts that trigger a series of actions). All label types follow the same basic set of instructions. See label-specific instructions for additional information.

  • Open Aleph Cataloging Module.
  • Scan or type in the Aleph system number from the routing slip into the upper left corner field ("Record Bar").
  • Check the title in the 245 field of the record to make sure it matches the item in hand. 
  • In the lower right area of the screen, locate the tab labeled “4. HOL Records” and click on it. 
  • Find the holdings record that matches the call number on the routing slip, click on that record, and press the “Edit” button (located in the lower right corner).
  • Check the accession number in the 541 field (subfield "e") to make sure it matches the item in hand.
  • Use the appropriate macro command for the type of labels you'd like to make. Macro express will pull up the correct Word templates and fill in the information.
    • Note: Don't click on or press anything while the macro is running.
  • Check that the labels generated correctly. Correct errors, remove redundant accession numbers, and add volume information if necessary.
  • When the template is full, print the labels on the appropriate paper.
  • Close the label template without saving the document.

Record barHoldings List

Book label and spine label

Macro command:  Ctrl + J

    • After printing, consult the “Spine Label Tracking Sheet” on the wall behind the student computer desk.  Find the next blank alphanumeric combination, cross it off, and write that on the top of the spine label sheet and on each of the routing slips for that lot of items.

Book Label and Long Tab

Macro command: Ctrl + O

    • Use standard-sized cardstock paper for items under 10", and long paper for taller items.

Book Label and Short Tab

Macro command: Ctrl + M

Broadside/Box Labels

Macro command: Ctrl + Shift + X

Small box macro: Ctrl + Shift + Z  (use when the regular sized label will not fit)

Bookplates (custom)

    • Make custom bookplates when there is no pre-made bookplate in the bookplate drawers.
      • Plates beginning "Gift of..." usually need custom plates
      • Plates ending with "Fund" usually have pre-made plates available.
    • Make bookplates in batches of 8.
      • Open the “Bookplate page template” located in the student folder of the H drive.
      • Fill in the template with the wording provided on the routing slip.
    • Print on Houghton Library bookplate paper. Place the paper face-up in the printer, with the top of the page to the left.
    • To cut the bookplates:
      • Cut the plates into columns
      • Cut just below the "Houghton Library" text at the bottom
      • Use the marking on the small hand-cutter to trim the plates to 3 3/8" high.

Checking

Check labels to ensure that no mistakes were made in the label-making process.

      • Check that the accession number in the item matches the accession number on the routing slip.  Accession numbers are usually found on the verso of the title page, but may appear in other places.  Carefully check all areas at the beginning of an item before consulting with the cataloger.
      • For items in prefab cases, make sure that the case fits well (not too small or too thick).  Use another case size if necessary.
      • Check the call number on the routing slip, ownership label, and tab or spine label
      • If the item is a prefab or CMI, place the spine label on the case at this point.
      • Check the donor information and make sure the correct fund is used.  Consult the ALEPH record and Donor Plates in Houghton Library database if there is any inconsistency between the routing slip and the bookplate
      • Place the item on the "To Be Pasted" shelf
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