Application of QR Codes in Libraries


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Application of QR Codes in Libraries

  1. 1. The application of QR Codes in libraries UCS Librarian's meeting 25th November, 2010 Andy Ramsden E-Learning Development Manager University Campus Suffolk ucseltt andyramsden URL
  2. 2. aims • Introduce you to QR Codes • Demonstrate how easy it is to create a QR Code • Illustrate some of their potential uses within the Library context • Get you to think about how they might be used effectively within your library context
  3. 3. across to you • Who has scanned a QR Code on their phone? • Who has created a QR Code? • If I said, QR Code to you, what do you think?
  4. 4. what is a QR code? A QR Code is a matrix code (or two- dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The "QR" is derived from "Quick Response", as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. An ever increasing number of tasks can be achieved using a QR code. The core ones are, • Link to web site • Send an sms to a phone • Transfer a phone number • Provide more text A QR Code effectively and efficiently connects the physical and electronic learning spaces on your mobile phone. URL
  5. 5. • QR Code Generator • A task / activity which is appropriate for a small screen device what is involved? • Camera phone • Good connectivity • QR Code Reader • Money A QR Code Reader A QR Code Generator
  6. 6. QR Codes & the Library QR Codes only QR Codes with other tools e-Admin e-Learning Subscription to a rss news feed Within library catalogue ? Campus / Library Inductions vCard Details Improving feedback
  7. 7. Scan and go … contact details UCS Library Ipswich Contact Details WOLSEY >> PDF, Blog, FAQs • Phone Number • Address • Email • Web (Blog) • Opening Hours vCard
  8. 8. improving the feedback loop URL URL Use QR Codes to improve the feedback loop through reducing the barriers involved in a person commenting on a poster or exhibit. Use of the QR Code facilitates the effective completion of the task on a phone. LIBRARY POSTER
  9. 9. integration into the catalogue URL
  10. 10. subscribing to Otley Library Blog
  11. 11. connecting the physical and the virtual
  12. 12. let many flowers bloom Activity In groups (no more than 3 people), work up an authentic scenario (or user story) where you might use QR Codes in your library. Report back via Flip Chart Outcomes
  13. 13. are students aware of QR Codes? • Do you know what a QR Code is? – Yes: 39.8% (increase from 13.8% in 2008) • Have you accessed a QR Code? – Yes: 9.6% (increased from 2.2% in 2008) • students are becoming more aware of QR Codes • more students have experienced scanning a QR Code on their device • they find the use of QR Codes to access information very appealing compared to manual entry of information on their phone N=2765 Ramsden (2010) - The level of student engagement with QR Codes: Findings from a cross institutional survey -
  14. 14. thank you & questions Andy Ramsden ucseltt andyramsden URL Flickr Photos … with thanks My Mobile Office at the Nailab – Cesar Harada - 057233 Hands in the air – Junnibug - Blooming Gardenia Flower – Sean Dreiling - 478
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