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With the influx of smartphones with barcode readers included, QR codes have become a handy tool for libraries to guide their patrons to the right resources.
"WHAT IS A QR CODE?"
A QR code is a 2-dimensional code which, when scanned by a barcode reader, brings the user to a document, webpage, email, text or phone number. One of the beauties of a QR code is that users don't have to enter in long url's to access a webpage or contact info, they just scan the barcode.
QR codes on library brochures and handouts can quickly guide patrons to specific sources (think about your database password handout!)
QR Codes on library shelf signs leads patrons to pathfinders. As students a browsing the stacks and looking at a particular Dewey classification, QR codes can lead them to a Pathfinder with web sources on that particular subject.
Create a QR code for your online library catalog, or a certain Pathfinder, and email the image file to your staff. Encourage them to include the codes on their assignment sheets as an added resource for students.
Add QR codes to new book displays which lead students to a respective book trailer on YouTube
Add QR codes to your magazine and newspaper displays and link students to the online version to each
One example of using QR codes in the library...include a QR code with your book display!
Scan the barcode to see a book trailer for
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
How can I create a QR Code?
There are many websites which have wizards for creating QR Codes. Here are just a few:
Further Resources on QR Codes
QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator
QR Codes at a Glance from the Daring Librarian
QR Code Library Scavenger Hunt from the Daring Librarian
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
Boise State University's info on QR Codes
Joyce Valenza's Blog post on QR Codes
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