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Using LIBstick to print labels in Alma

See also: Quick guide to using LIBstick to set up a label template and print labels

Introductory note

The information below is introductory in nature and not a replacement for reading the full LIBstick User Guide.

  • Steps 1-8 below is the initial setup (relevant only for administrator setting up account)
  • Steps 9-14 focus on using the LIBstick to print the labels (relevant for user designing and / or printing labels)

After reviewing this blog you will be able to start printing labels with LIBstick.

After reading the full LIBstick User Guide you will be able to perform in depth configurations.

Introduction

One option for label printing is the LIBstick (Library Sticker) SaaS based printing service,  (developed in 2019 by the Technion Library IS (Information System)).

LIBSTICK is a template-based label printing service.  Lean more about the LIBstick label printer at Using fully automated label printing with LIBstick.

See also LIBstick on the Ex Libris App Center .

Contents

  1. Download the Alma LIBstick Chrome extension from the Chrome web store
  2. Create LIBstick account
  3. Confirm login to LIBstick
  4. Create API keys
  5. Add API keys
  6. Add more users to LIBstick interface
  7. Enter account URL in LIBstick
  8. See that now you have icon Print to LIBstick in Alma
  9. Print labels in many different ways
  10. Configure the paper
  11. Add a new field to default label
  12. Add a logo to the default label
  13. Rearrange the fields on the default label
  14. Change margins of the existing fields on the label
  15. Print the labels

Step one

Freely download the Alma extension from the Google chrome web store.  This accessible from LIBstick Technion Libraries .
The extension adds printing links directly within Alma screens to enable quick printing of item and sets.

Step two

The administrator of the institution will create a LIBstick account by contacting the Technion IS team via mail: libstick@technion.ac.il 

This is done only once and only by the administrator.  After the account is created the administrator can then create additional users for his institution.  Each user of the institution does not need to send an email to libstick@technion.ac.il .

As administrator you will receive an email with a link to your account as below (below the account name and password is blocked out for security purposes but of course in your real account it will appear). 

Step three

Confirm that you can log into LIBstick:

Step Four

Create an API key for read-only for Bibs and Configuration.  Later we will add this in the LIBstick configuration

Step Five

In the LIBstick interface add your API keys which were created above in step two.  Do “Settings > LIBstick > API Keys” and then add the keys.

When adding the keys note that you can first “Check Keys” and receive message on top if it is valid.  It is recommended to do this and then save the keys.

Step Six

In the LIBstick interface add other users who will be using LIBstick. 

There are three types of users. 

  1. Administrator: manager anything, create users, assign roles
  2. Designer: designs templates
  3. Maker: Prints labels

You are an administrator.

To add users choose “Settings > Users > Add New”

Step Seven

In Chrome (where above you have already installed the LIBstick extension) right click the LIBstick icon and choose “Options”.

You will then be prompted to enter your Account URL which you received in the email described above.

Step Eight

The physical item repository search results will now have a link for each result to “Print in LIBstick”.  This is also the case when viewing results of a logical physical items set or members of a physical items itemized set.

Step Nine – A

Printing labels from repository search

After clicking “Print in LIBstick” a message appears “Label sent to LIBstick”

The labels are in LIBstick

Step Nine – B

In addition to clicking “Print in LIBstick” it is possible to choose “Create labels” and then scan in barcodes one at a time

Step Nine – C

It is also possible to print a physical item set according to the set ID.  Physical items set “Items Created in last week” is ID 6163882810000121

It is possible to print the whole set via “Create labels > Load Set” and entering the ID.

Step Nine – D

It is also possible to print a physical items set from the set management when editing a set:

Step Ten

Configure the Paper

Different libraries use different label “sticker papers”. 

Choose”Settings > Paper Types > Add New”

Give the paper type a name.  Fill in paper details as desired and click “publish”.

Here we define paper of type A4 with 5 labels across (5 columns) and 5 labels down (5 rows).

Choose a paper type to use and click “Apply”

Step Eleven

We will now edit the default label to include the LC Call Number

Choose: Design Templates > select template Default > Actions > Edit > Add Field

A default field will get added.  Click “Edit” on the default field and add the desired field.

Now the call number has been added to the label

If we want to bold and center the call number in the default template then do as follows:

Design Templates > select template Default > Actions > Edit

Select the field you want to edit and click the edit icon

Choose Bold and Center

See results

Make sure that after making this change (and all other changes) you save the default label template by doing:

Design Templates > select template Default > Actions > Save

Step Twelve

We will now edit the default label to include a logo.

First add the logo to the media gallery.  Choose “Settings > Media > Add New”

Add the logo

Choose: Design Templates > select template Default > Actions > Edit > Add Field

A default field will get added.  Click “Edit” on the default field and change it to type “image”.

Add the logo (which was added to the Media Gallery above) by doing “Choose image source”

Now we have the logo as part of the label

Step Thirteen

We will now rearrange the fields on the label.  We will remove the MMSID from the first row and drag the logo to the top.

Choose: Design Templates > select template Default > Actions > Edit

Next to the MMSID click the delete icon

Drag the image to the top

Now we have this

Step Fourteen

Note that it is possible to change the margins of the fields of the existing default label layout.

This is done when editing each field.

Design templates > select template default > actions > edit > choose a field > on the bottom section change the margin

Here we will change the top margin of the logo (which is on the top of the label)

Step Fifteen

When ready print the barcodes

2 Replies to “Using LIBstick to print labels in Alma”

  1. I was interested in exploring this, and contacted Technion. Got myself all set up and installed. However, when I click on the Print to LIBstick button, LIBstick launches but the label information doesn’t load. I checked with Technion, and he found that while the API key is accepted, it is requiring an additional login. The Sign In request is coming from https://api-na.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com. Any thoughts? We are NOT live yet – could that be the problem? Thanks! Martha Smith, Winthrop University

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