QR Codes

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Also known as 2D codes.
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QR Codes ("Quick Reference" Codes) are essentially 2-dimensional barcodes. They can contain hundreds of times more data than conventional 1-dimensional barcodes [http://www.denso-wave.com/qrcode/index-e.html]. Initially created for use in the shipping industry, they are gaining popularity for marketing to people with smart-phones. Many consumer-oriented QR codes point users to a website address, although other types of data storage are possible. Generally, users scan the QR Code with a scanning device (for example, the camera on a smart phone), and they are automatically directed to a website or the application specialized to handle the code's data. The idea is to allow users to avoid the hassle of remembering or manually reproducing long, precise strings of data.
  
 
== Uses in Libraries ==
 
== Uses in Libraries ==
*[http://www.refbytes.com RefBytes] provides a QR Code service for libraries. The cloud based service allows you to set up a mobile webpage and lets you create QR Codes which direct library users to book trailers and book reviews. [http://www.refbytes.com for more information visit http://www.refbytes.com]
 
 
*[http://www.lawrence.edu/library Lawrence University Seeley G. Mudd Library]has created a [http://www.lawrence.edu/library/qr.shtml QR code information page] to help our patrons understand QR codes. We use QR codes to direct patrons to our [http://www.lawrence.edu/library/tour/ virtual tour], to electronic music resources, to our [http://www.lawrence.edu/library/mobile/#_home mobile web site], to begin text messages to the interlibrary loan office, and more.  Take a look at our [http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeleyg/sets/72157624930265797/ Flickr page] to see all of the ways we use QR codes.   
 
*[http://www.lawrence.edu/library Lawrence University Seeley G. Mudd Library]has created a [http://www.lawrence.edu/library/qr.shtml QR code information page] to help our patrons understand QR codes. We use QR codes to direct patrons to our [http://www.lawrence.edu/library/tour/ virtual tour], to electronic music resources, to our [http://www.lawrence.edu/library/mobile/#_home mobile web site], to begin text messages to the interlibrary loan office, and more.  Take a look at our [http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeleyg/sets/72157624930265797/ Flickr page] to see all of the ways we use QR codes.   
 
*[http://library.boisestate.edu/ Boise State University's Albertsons Library] uses QR codes to link to its [http://library.boisestate.edu/m mobile website] in its [http://albertsonslibrary.blogspot.com/ blog] and main [http://twitter.com/BSULibrary Twitter page]. There is also an informative research guide about [http://guides.boisestate.edu/qrcodes QR codes]--what they are, how they are being used in Albertsons Library, tips on creating effective codes, and recommended QR code readers/scanners.   
 
*[http://library.boisestate.edu/ Boise State University's Albertsons Library] uses QR codes to link to its [http://library.boisestate.edu/m mobile website] in its [http://albertsonslibrary.blogspot.com/ blog] and main [http://twitter.com/BSULibrary Twitter page]. There is also an informative research guide about [http://guides.boisestate.edu/qrcodes QR codes]--what they are, how they are being used in Albertsons Library, tips on creating effective codes, and recommended QR code readers/scanners.   
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* [http://providence.libguides.com/qr Providence College Library] developed an introductory QR subject guide as a complement to their QR initiative. The guide includes an explanatory animation, QR uses at Providence College, linked resources and more.
 
* [http://providence.libguides.com/qr Providence College Library] developed an introductory QR subject guide as a complement to their QR initiative. The guide includes an explanatory animation, QR uses at Providence College, linked resources and more.
  
== More Info on QR Codes ==
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== Creating QR Codes ==
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*[http://code.google.com/apis/chart/image/docs/gallery/qr_codes.html Google Chart Tools] allows you to create QR codes for any link, or (with a little programming know-how) automatically generate codes on the fly using their API. For a quick QR code using this service, visit the following link (and substitute your URL for "libsuccess.org"): http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?chs=200x200&cht=qr&chl=http://libsuccess.org
  
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== More Info on QR Codes ==
  
 
Ashford, Robin. "QR codes and academic libraries: Reaching mobile users." College & Research Libraries News, November 2010. [http://crln.acrl.org/content/71/10/526.full]
 
Ashford, Robin. "QR codes and academic libraries: Reaching mobile users." College & Research Libraries News, November 2010. [http://crln.acrl.org/content/71/10/526.full]

Revision as of 17:03, 14 July 2011

QR Codes ("Quick Reference" Codes) are essentially 2-dimensional barcodes. They can contain hundreds of times more data than conventional 1-dimensional barcodes [1]. Initially created for use in the shipping industry, they are gaining popularity for marketing to people with smart-phones. Many consumer-oriented QR codes point users to a website address, although other types of data storage are possible. Generally, users scan the QR Code with a scanning device (for example, the camera on a smart phone), and they are automatically directed to a website or the application specialized to handle the code's data. The idea is to allow users to avoid the hassle of remembering or manually reproducing long, precise strings of data.

Uses in Libraries

Creating QR Codes

More Info on QR Codes

Ashford, Robin. "QR codes and academic libraries: Reaching mobile users." College & Research Libraries News, November 2010. [4]

Rigby, Lex. "QR Codes in Libraries and Higher Education." Just Another Dent in the Damage, 26 March 2009. Web.

Walsh, Andrew. QR tags and mobile 'phones in the library. Web.

Walsh, Andrew. "Extreme makeover: Transforming the face of your Library Service." QR tags and 'mobile phones in the library, 19 October 2009. Web.

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