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  • Halfway through our survey and so far 50% of those surveyed have a smartphone
  • Smart phone growth in Canada are expected to pass the 50% in 2011 (IDC Canada)Considering what type of site the QR codes leads to – is it mobile friendly?

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  • QR Codes in Libraries
    Melanie Parlette
    Conestoga College
    Spring 2011
  • What are QR Codes
    Max.
    20 digits
    Quick Response Code
    2 D Barcode
    Stores more data than a traditional barcode
    Been around since 1994
    Free to use & create (although depending on your mobile phone plan, there may be fees when using
    QR Code – Wikipedia Page
  • How do QR Codes work?
    Scan with mobile phone camera
    Can bring you to a number of places
    Website
    Email
    Contact Details (vcard)
    Phone Number
    Text
    Calendar Event
    Google Maps Location
    Social Media Site
    YouTube Video
    Wifi Network
  • Creating
    There are many free and paid QR creations sites out there.
    The more information on a QR code the harder it becomes to read.
    For longer URLs, services like bit.ly can be helpful
    Sites to create QR Codes
    Bit.ly and Goo.gl (also allow tracking)
    http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/ (URLs, Messages, Phone Numbers, SMS, and Emails)
    http://qrcode.kaywa.com/(URL, Text, Phone Number or SMS)
    www.qrstuff.com (Lots of different data types and option to change foreground colour)
    http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/ (calendar event, contact information, email address, geo location, phone number, SMS, UYRL, or Wifi network)
    And More!
  • Phone Software
    There are a number of different readers available.
    KAYWA Reader
    i-nigma Reader
    Lynkee Reader
    UpCode
    BeeTagg
    http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/
    Let’s you enter your mobile device and it will let you know what programs are available for it.
    There are also online decoders available (By entering URL or Uploading the Image) (http://zxing.org/w/decode.jspx)
    I have QR Code Scanner Pro – on a Blackberry Torch – It’s a free App
    Does it really matter which one?
    Not really - QR codes comply to an international standard (ISO/IEC 18004:2006)
  • Where do QR Codes fit in Libraries?
    How do we explain what QR Codes are?
    Posters
    Website
    QR Scavenger Hunt
    Where can we put QR Codes?
    Presentations
    Printed Handouts
    Catalogue
    Signage
    Link to parts of our website i.e. Campus Maps or Hours, electronic locations of items in catalogue (periodicals, Ebooks), Research and Subject Guides, multimedia and How-to’s
    Feedback
  • First steps
    Focus on research and exploring opportunities
    Survey of Social Media – assessing Smartphone penetration
    Keep initial outreach simple, potentially rolled out for Fall session
    Integration of the physical with the virtual
    Education
  • Tracking success
    How do we know if people are using the QR codes?
    We need stats!
    2 options we have investigated
    Bit.ly (creates a code for you and gives you number of clicks)
    Creating unique pages and using Google Analytics
  • Challenges
    Equipment
    Awareness
    Educating both internally and the community at large
    Possible Network Charges
    Main information still needs to be conveyed in conventional way
  • More QR Resources
    QR Codes Project at University of Bath
    7 Things You Should Know about QR Codes
    The use of QR codes in Education: A Getting Started Guide for Academics
    Thanks!
    Questions -
    mparlette@conestogac.on.ca