Thing 9 : QR codes
QR (quick read) codes have been around for a long time and not everyone is convinced of their appeal or popularity , but still they persist. They can contain hundreds of times more data than conventional 1-dimensional barcodes and can be scanned easily with a smartphone.
QR codes are useful IF your library clients know what to do with them, if your staff know how to generate them and if you need to connect your physical and online spaces for some reason. (They also create pretty nifty storytelling pyjamas and quite informative carpets).
- This slide show from Voir QR is an overview of “The History, Use & Abuse of QR Codes”
- Find an app for your mobile device to read QR codes (eg. QR Code Readers, QR Droid Zapper (Android and iOS options) )
- Can you find any QR codes in your local environment (eg. inside magazines, on signage, on buildings)? What do they link to?
- Use QRpedia to create a QR code to link to a Wikipedia article of your choice.
- Find a tool to create a QR code (eg. QR stuff.com, GoQR.me, QR Code Generator). Create a code to point to your library website.
- Tips for designing QR codes
- Some ‘virtual’ library shelves for eBooks have used QR codes in a similar way to these supermarkets in Korea
- Some apps like Google Goggles (visual search) incorporate a QR code reader along with other features
- Explore further via our Pinterest board.
- What digital services does your library offer that are ‘invisible’ in the physical space? Could you use a QR code to provide a link to some of your eResources for your clients?
- Does your library have an app? Is a QR code reader incorporated into the app?
- Could you use QR codes on signs pointing people to your social media channels?
- Have you created Wikipedia articles about local people, places and events? Could you use QRpedia codes as pointers to local historical information or multimedia around your local area? (eg. signage on location)
- Could you use QR codes as part of a library orientation or information literacy program?