QR CODES in LIBRARIES Castleton State College June 17, 2011 Karen McCalla Mill River Union School
The plan... What are QR Codes and how do they work? What can QR Codes do? What should librarians know? Sandbox time!
WHAT ARE QR CODES? http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2010/12/qr-code-at-glance-comic-tutorial.html
WHAT ARE QR CODES? WHAT IS THE INNOVATION ABOUT? Linear Maximum Capacity: 20 digits Source: http://www.jennerations.co.uk/foxandgoose/adobedocs/technical%20docs/What%20are%20barcodes.pdf
WHAT ARE QR CODES? WHAT IS THE INNOVATION ABOUT?
WHAT ARE QR CODES? HOW DO QR CODES STORE INFORMATION? Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:QR_Code_Structure_Example.svg
MAKING TAGS START WITH A QR CODE GENERATOR Google URL Shortener: http://goo.gl/ + .qr (allows you to monitor analytics) http://delivr.com/ (preformatted “flyers” - take seconds to create) http://invx.com/ http://goqr.me/ http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-generator/ http://www.qrstuff.com/(pick a color to customize your code) http://qrcode.kaywa.com(choose a size for your finished code) SAVE THE QR CODE AS AN IMAGE USE IT IN WHATEVER DOCUMENT, POSTER, FLYER, BOOKMARK, STICKER OR TATTOO YOU’RE CREATING
USING TAGS Instant Decoding Snap a Picture Position it A Mobile Device with a Camera, QR Code Reading Software and Internet Access Image Courtesy of RenataCurty, http://www.slideshare.net/recurty/qr-codes-libraries-i-schoolfall2010
Provide point-of-use instruction at point-of-need locations.
Link to book trailers or read-alikes right from the book itself.
Post QR codes by study rooms. Students would be able to check the availability of a study room, and then bookit from their mobile device.
QR codes in the stacks could bring up a list of pathfinders on topics related to books in the call number range area.
QR codes in the stacks could show where the ebooks would be on the shelves.
QR codes in catalog systems to allow patrons to snap and save books of interest.
QR CODES IN LIBRARIES
Direct users to a service that’s specifically aimed at mobile device users, such as a chat, text or IM reference service, or the mobile version of the library’s catalog or databases.
QR code to the online Ask a Librarian site could be posted at the physical reference desk and at all public access computer workstations.
Library tours – QR codes can be placed in different areas of the library so visitors can access information relevant to that particular space. Audio tours can also be provided this way.
Library or school maps – Instead of just a map that has locations on it, put QR codes for every area that has a web page, so that readers can go directly to that web page for more information.
QR CODES IN LIBRARIES
Link to a Phone numberon a web page so students don’t have to dial the number on their phone.
Link to a web page associated with an event by placing a QR code for the web page on the event's poster.
QR Codes can be posted at desks to advertise serviceslike laptop checkout, account access, and online resources.
Librarians can tag pre-formatted, tailored searchesfor events and exhibits.
Add QR codes to posters, flyers, and other library instructional or promotional materials.
Link to audio books or electronic books to allow patrons instant access anywhere.
QR CODES IN LIBRARIES Contra Costa Country Library (CA) partnered with the local public transit authority to mount promotional posters in all vehicles. Patrons simply snap the code and are ready to listen to one of more than 600 audiobooks in the library’s collection. CCCL also provides QR Code access to their Text-a-Librarian service, their read-alike database and more. More at: http://guides.ccclib.org/qr
MORE READING… QR Codes on the Library Success Best Practices Wiki http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=QR_Codes Educause Learning’s “7 Things You Should Know About QR Codes”: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7046.pdf Syracuse University’s Bird Library QR Codes Guide: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/content.php?pid=133336&sid=1143435 University of Huddersfield Digital Repository (Articles about Mobile Library Technology & QR Codes) http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/view/authors/Walsh=3AAndrew=3A=3A.html A Mobile Bridge: QR Codes and Libraries http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com/a-mobile-bridge-qr-codes-and-libraries-webcast/
MORE READING… Technology in Practice: Guided by Barcodes http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/practice/guided-barcodes Musings about Librarianship – QR Codes http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/2010/02/qr-codes-for-libraries-some-thoughts.html ACRL News article on QR Codes http://crln.acrl.org/content/71/10/526.full QR Codes in the Classroom http://qrcode.es/?p=350&language=en Librarian by Design – QR Codes http://librarianbydesign.blogspot.com/2010/07/qr-codes-in-libraries.html Alternative to QR codes - Microsoft Tags: http://tag.microsoft.com/consumer/index.aspx
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