Mobile Phones and Libraries: experimenting with the technology

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Mobile Phones and Libraries: experimenting with the technology a paper given by Kate Robinson: Head of Academic Services, University of Bath at the ALISS 2010 conference Innovations in social policy information and research support. It discussestheir recent initiatives using QR (Quick Response) codes to support library users

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Mobile Phones and Libraries: experimenting with the technology

  1. 1. QR codes and their applications for libraries Kate Robinson University of Bath Library
  2. 2. Will students do anything for chocolate? Will students do anything for chocolate?
  3. 3. Who is using QR codes?
  4. 4. ‘ Big in Japan’ but what about Bath? <ul><li>12-15% are aware of them </li></ul><ul><li>2% have used them </li></ul><ul><li>92% have a camera phone </li></ul>
  5. 5. It lets you jump between the physical & the virtual
  6. 6. Art?
  7. 7. How to use QR codes <ul><li>QR Code Reader </li></ul><ul><li>you may have a QR Code Reader already installed </li></ul><ul><li>or, you can install a free one by searching online for QR Code Reader and the make/model of your phone </li></ul><ul><li>Make your own codes with a Mobile Code Generator </li></ul><ul><li>select the content type you need, i.e., a web site </li></ul><ul><li>enter the information, i.e., http://www.bath.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>click on Generate </li></ul><ul><li>save the QR code as an image to your machine </li></ul>
  8. 8. Playing (with technology) <ul><li>JISC bid/money </li></ul><ul><li>Seeded conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Generated ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Created opportunities </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ideas for Library use <ul><li>Linking: </li></ul><ul><li>floorplans to podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Librarians offices/business cards to webpages </li></ul><ul><li>information literacy events to timetable information/resources </li></ul><ul><li>catalogue records/class numbers to your phone </li></ul>
  10. 10. The technical bit <ul><li>“ It’s a doddle to add” </li></ul>
  11. 14. Lessons learnt <ul><li>Motivating </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating </li></ul>
  12. 15. What Next?
  13. 16. More on QR <ul><li>CSI clip: </li></ul><ul><li>uk.youtube.com/watch?v=P-DntIQi2e8 </li></ul><ul><li>Educase reports: </li></ul><ul><li>net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7046.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>www.educause.edu/ELI/2009HorizonReport/163616 </li></ul><ul><li>Andy Ramsden’s blog: </li></ul><ul><li>blogs.bath.ac.uk/qrcode/ </li></ul><ul><li>Using & creating your own: </li></ul><ul><li>www.bath.ac.uk/barcodes/ </li></ul>
  14. 17. No – but that means there’s some left over for the Librarians…

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