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QR codes - um, WTF?


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A short introduction to QR Codes and how they can be used in Libraries. The actual presentation at Dunedin Public Library (6 March 2014) included a practical session with examples of QR Codes that participants could experiment with.

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QR codes - um, WTF?

  1. 1. QR codes QR Codes – um, WTF? CC BY NC SA : Sarah Gallagher MA MLIS RLIANZA @sarahlibrarina
  2. 2. What are they? • “Quick Response” code • A 2D barcode into which all kinds of data can be embedded • Scan it with a mobile device Source: CC By Jeremy Keith
  3. 3. How do I scan them? 1. Download a free QR code reader / scanner to: • Your phone • Your mobile device 2. Select the app, point and scan. CC
  4. 4. What are they for? • Advertising products and services • Connecting the print and digital realms • Adding value to your collections • Adding interactivity to static collections Source: CC BY SA Paul Stainthrop /
  5. 5. How do I make them? There are a number of websites that offer a free QR Code generation service - embed URL, sound, email, phone number, text shorten link + .qr = QR Code! - create an account, create a short link, use this to create a QR Code and gather stats
  6. 6. How can I use them? Some ideas • Link hardcopy books to ebook version • Advertise ebooks • Add value to exhibitions – like to artist info / video / websites • Link to forms / competitions / events information • Link to library locations / staff Some more ideas
  7. 7. Reading 2D code: QR code and two dimensional bar codes, news, views and analysis. Potter, Ned. (2012) The Library Marketing Toolkit Saravani, Sarah-Jane. (2010) QR codes: Pushing the library out or bringing the world in? LIANZA Conference les/1330_sarah-jane_saravani.pdf Thing 9 QR Codes in 23 Mobile Things Source: CC BY SA Pinkysan 02765280
  8. 8. Credits Source: CC BY Paul Wilkinson Cover image: CC BY Thomas Leuthard