The application of QR Codes in libraries
UCS Librarian's meeting
E-Learning Development Manager
University Campus Suffolk
• 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
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?
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
An ever increasing number of tasks can be
achieved using a QR code. The core ones
• Link to web site
• Send an sms to a phone
• Transfer a phone number
• Provide more texthttp://wolseyweb.ucs.ac.uk/elttcode/
A QR Code effectively and
efficiently connects the physical and
electronic learning spaces on your
• QR Code Generator
• A task / activity which is
appropriate for a small screen
what is involved?
• Camera phone
• Good connectivity
• QR Code Reader
A QR Code Reader
A QR Code Generator
QR Codes & the Library
QR Codes only QR Codes with other tools
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Scan and go … contact details
UCS Library Ipswich Contact Details
WOLSEY >> PDF, Blog, FAQs
• Phone Number
• Web (Blog)
• Opening Hours
improving the feedback loop
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.
integration into the catalogue
subscribing to Otley Library Blog
let many flowers bloom
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
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
Ramsden (2010) - The level of student engagement with QR Codes: Findings from a cross institutional survey -
thank you & questions
Flickr Photos … with thanks
My Mobile Office at the Nailab – Cesar Harada -
Hands in the air – Junnibug -
Blooming Gardenia Flower – Sean Dreiling -