QR 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 [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.