[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Question about label names in Print Item Labels interface

Sarah Childs sarahc at zionsvillelibrary.org
Thu Aug 16 18:30:26 EDT 2018

One thing I'm wondering about this is do most libraries that use the
"pocket" labels use them for labels they put on a pocket or for other
purposes, like as a property label?  Is the term pocket label obvious now
that many libraries no longer use pockets?

On Thu, Aug 16, 2018 at 6:11 PM, Kathy Lussier <klussier at masslnc.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm sending along a question to the list that I also posted on Launchpad
> at https://bugs.launchpad.net/evergreen/+bug/1787479.
> We have been working with Emerald Data Networks on code that would allow
> printing spine / pocket labels to an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet. The code is still a
> work in progress, but, in initial testing, we're finding some difficulty
> using the names given to these label in the web client.
> When item label printing was added to the web client, Jason Etheridge
> noted in bug 1704873 that they called this interface Item labels to make it
> a little more generic. I'm guessing this is also why the spine and pocket
> labels were renamed as left and right label, which works well in the
> current implementation.
> We've been trying to maintain the spirit of a more generic interface, but
> have been struggling with the left / right designations under this project.
> Here is the problem. Under our current implementation, a label set doesn't
> always have to be one spine (left) label and one pocket (right) label.
> There is a place where users can designate that the left label be used for
> column 1, the right label for column 2, and another right label for column
> 3. They could also conceivably put the right label in column 1, in which
> case it would appear to the left of the left label. With this additional
> flexibility, the 'left' and 'right' labels don't really make sense.
> I tried to keep things generic by renaming them as label 1 and label 2,
> but these terms have turned out to be a little too generic and lead to a
> less intuitive UI.
> I would like to float the idea of returning to spine / pocket as the
> labels. Staff understand what these labels mean, and it will help us in
> providing clearer explanations on what different settings do. However, I'm
> also open to other ideas people may have.
> Let me know what you think!
> Kathy
> --
> Kathy Lussier
> Project Coordinator
> Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative
> (508) 343-0128klussier at masslnc.org

Sarah Childs
Technical Services Department Head
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
250 North Fifth Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
317-873-3149 x13330
sarahc at zionsvillelibrary.org
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