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  • 1. QR Codes in Libraries
    Melanie Parlette
    Conestoga College
    Spring 2011

2. What are QR Codes
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
3. How do QR Codes work?
Scan with mobile phone camera
Can bring you to a number of places
Contact Details (vcard)
Phone Number
Calendar Event
Google Maps Location
Social Media Site
YouTube Video
Wifi Network
4. 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 typesand 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!
5. Phone Software
There are a number of different readers available.
KAYWA Reader
i-nigma Reader
Lynkee Reader
Lets 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 Its a free App
Does it really matter which one?
Not really - QR codes comply to an international standard (ISO/IEC 18004:2006)
6. Where do QR Codes fit in Libraries?
How do we explain what QR Codes are?
QR Scavenger Hunt
Where can we put QR Codes?
Printed Handouts
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-tos
7. 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
8. 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
9. Challenges
Educating both internally and the community at large
Possible Network Charges
Main information still needs to be conveyed in conventional way
10. 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
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