Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Information Technology and Libraries

Volume

23

Issue

1

Publisher

American Library Association

Publication Date

3-2004

First Page

30

Last Page

36

Abstract

Thermal-transfer printing, a technology borrowed from the manufacturing sector, offers libraries a flexible method for printing durable, accurate, legible, and attractive labels that reliably adhere to most book surfaces. When guided by an electronic program customized to meet a library’s particular needs, a thermal-transfer printing system offers virtually limitless variations in font, format, and functionality. It can print labels directly from the online catalog, thereby guaranteeing that call numbers on labels match what patrons see in the catalog. This article explains thermal-transfer printing and how it compares with other printing technologies, briefly explores applications in both the manufacturing and library environments, and describes in detail how Utah State University Libraries and a few other libraries use it to improve the accuracy, appearance, and durability of their spine labels.

Comments

Originally published by the American Library Association. This article appears in the Information Technology and Libraries journal.

 
 

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