Hi. Sorry for the delayed response.
At Music Library Finland we have a series of "MLID" and "BLID" (Music Library / Book Library ID) codes of ten digits that track specific collection entries, as our database in turn records the various media types and other materials.
So the initial purpose of the MLID is to roughly separate some collection materials and then followed by a unique number, i.e LM33xxxxxx (LM33123456) would indicate these are part of a production music collection in 12" disks (we used a hybrid of the EBU media interchange format within) and LMCDxxxxxx would be CDs but, of course, you could equally use for example CDxxxxxx, LPxxxxxx or something similar. These in turn are barcoded and within our database we also store the physical location or crate (which reminds me of an outstanding job to do...) so internally you could have a reference SXCD000050:SXCD005000 which would indicate that crate label SXCD000050 contains an article barcoded as SXCD005000 and immediately you can make some "rough assumptions" when you know the internal codes. These "location codes" can be used for shelfs, hybrid locations, boxes, etc.
Key is consistency within the metadata underneatth.
Best wishes, Darren
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On 21 mar 2011, at 21.14, Aaron L. Rosenblum wrote:
> In arranging a ~1000 item institutional audio collection that spans media
> (12" and 16" acetates, CS, CD, DAT, R-to-R, wire), content types
> (broadcasts, meetings, oral histories) and eras (1930s-2000s), I'm having
> trouble settling on a numbering system to impose on the collection for use
> in our not-audio-specific database. I'd love to hear what any of you use in
> your collections or might recommend, on- or off-list.