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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

(QR Codes in Libraries)

April28, 2011

Karen Burns

this morning
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
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

why qr codes in libraries
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
how can we make our own
How can we make our own?


how might libraries use them
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
Scavenger Hunts

The Daring Librarian

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

online catalog
Online Catalog

From fabi_K’s flickr photostream


Ohio State University Mobi Catalog

mobi websites
Mobi Websites



easy quick start
Easy, Quick Start


  • 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