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(QR Codes in Libraries). April 28, 2011 Karen Burns. This morning…. What is a QR code? How might they be used (and why)? What does a patron need? How can we create our own? Examples and Ideas. What is a QR Code?. Graphical representation of information 2 dimensional

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(QR Codes in Libraries)

April28, 2011

Karen Burns

This morning…

  • What is a QR code?

  • How might they be used (and why)?

  • What does a patron need?

  • How can we create our own?

  • Examples and Ideas

What is a QR Code?

  • Graphical representation of information

  • 2 dimensional

  • Read and interpreted by QR code scanner

  • Text or website presented on mobi device

Infoitself is embedded in the code

Karen M. Burns, Administrator

SW Iowa Library Service Area

427 E. Kanesville, Suite 404



QR Codes in Libraries

URL embedded in code…

Why QR codes in libraries?

  • 18% of Iowans access Internet via cell phones or mobile devices

  • People are accustomed to seeing them

  • Can connect users with services, where they’re at, when they want them, in format they can use

What does patron need?

How can we make our own?


How might libraries use them?

  • Readalike lists

  • Scavenger hunts

  • Online catalog

  • SMS Reference Services

  • Book trailers, reviews

  • Mobi Websites: EBSCOhost, MedLinePlus, etc.

  • Links to tutorials, surveys

  • Contact info


Scavenger Hunts

The Daring Librarian

David Lee King, Topeka and Shawnee County Library (KS) [flickr]

Online Catalog

From fabi_K’s flickr photostream


Ohio State University Mobi Catalog

SMS/Reference Service

Book Trailers

Mobi Websites



Links to Tutorials, Surveys

Contact Info

Easy, Quick Start


Changing the Look

Your ideas


  • Library Success Wiki: QR Codes (many examples of library uses)

  • Contra Costa County Library’s “Snap & Go” programs

  • The Daring Librarian’s QR Code Quest: a Library Media Scavenger Hunt

    Class Resources Page:


Karen Burns

[email protected]


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