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ERIC Number: ED352966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Pages: 38
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Marcive Preprinted Labels: Is Time Saved a Penny Earned?
Huisman, Melissa Ann
Despite technological advances in the processing of library materials, some Government Documents Units are still laboriously hand-lettering call numbers onto each document. Recently Marcive, Inc., has offered a new service that will give Government Documents librarians the chance to break into the 21st century by using preprinted labels, produced directly from the Government Printing Office shipping lists. Marcive claims that these attractive, laser-printed labels will reduce time and error in processing. However, the cost may be prohibitive for many libraries. This study aims to test the labels, not only to see if they would reduce time and effort in processing, but also to discover any other favorable or unfavorable aspects of the service which could aid a library in its decision to subscribe to this new service. This study found that the labels did reduce processing time, although not by a very large margin. Calculated on an annual basis, the savings would be about 18 hours per year. The errors made while processing were not significantly different. Some of the favorable aspects of the service include the neat appearance of the label, the elimination of specially trained "letterers," and the ease in reading and filing of the documents with preprinted labels. Some of the unfavorable aspects were the backing up of document shipments while awaiting the arrival of the labels, the physical layout of the labels on the backing sheet, and the problem of extra labels for plates and pieces. Copies of a sample page of Marcive Labels and a sample GPO shipping list are appended. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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