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Old 06-13-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a scanner that would read the barcodes on the books that are in my classroom library?

I try to inventory my chapter books at the end of each year to see what I have, and then I also use this list during the year when I'm purchasing new books to see what I have/need. I currently have all my books (well most) listed in Excel, but something happened and I found that many, many books have disappeared off the list. So, I'm looking for a barcode scanner that would scan in my books so that I can keep track of my books and not have to retype my list.

Is there a cheap scanner out there? What would you recommend? How do the books show up on the computer after scanned?

Thanks for any info.

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I'm using Libra

http://libra.en.softonic.com/

and a webcam. Works great.

It allows you to export to Excel format.
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I use www.intelliscanner.com.

I love it.
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I just downloaded Libra, so I'm probably overlooking something, but how do you use your webcam? Also, every time I try to add something, I type it into the search bar and get the message that it isn't found...I know these books are on amazon because I searched their website and found them. Please help!
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When I click on "Add" at the top of the screen, I get a new window. There's a button near the top that says "Webcam." When I click it, it opens a webcam window. I put the barcode in front of the webcam. The program picks up the barcode; I see a blue line across the barcode when it has scanned. Sometimes it's very quick.

The webcam built into my laptop only worked on about a third of the books. I had a better one that I hooked up that gets them all.


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I, too, use Intelliscanner. I recommend purchasing extra barcodes, however. Many Scholastic book order books are missing barcodes...which I never noticed until I started scanning them into the system! PS--I didn't lose ONE classroom library book this year! It worked wonderfully!

About $100 for the system and scanner. Students cannot take a book out of the room until they have scanned them out. I was even absent for a week and a student (fifth grader) ran the program for me! Very easy.

Again, it is a lending manager. Scan the books, they go into your "library". When students scan them out, they move from your library to a "lent out" list. When they scan back in they move back to the master list.

You can sort your books pretty much any way you would like. When I scanned mine in, I typed in the name of the book basket they are located in.

Their website is very friendly. Give it a look! HTH!
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I am looking into the intelliscanner. I went to their website and they have two different ones. Which one do you use and does the program for lending out books come with?

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I purchased the Classic. (Click on Home products) The mini looks nice, but I think the Classic is the better choice if you are going to use it to check in and out...it is more robust and will take some handling and bumping. $99--comes with software. Anyone can manage the software--very simple. Good Luck!

PS--The teacher discount is $79 instead of $99. Again, buy some barcodes!!! I bought 100; I should have bought 200 to last me a few years.
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Thank you for your help...The teacher discount is GREAT
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