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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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How Are Libraries Using QR Codes?


Librarians and staff in large research universities, small liberal arts institutions, public libraries, and museums are experimenting and discovering useful ways to implement QR codes in both their physical and online libraries. [snip]


Library exhibits that include a QR code link to songs, videos, Web sites, surveys, contests, etc. or other information that augments the exhibits


• Codes in the library stacks/end caps or magazine/journal areas that point to online electronic holdings of print materials or related subject guides 

Linking to library audio tours for orientations

• Code added to print handouts for additional information on mobile friendly sites

QR code with text that loads the library’s text message reference service and other contact information into the patron’s phone

• Art shows or permanent art in libraries with a QR code linking to the artists’ Web sites

In catalog records to offer patrons basic info about an item, including the location and call number. Users can scan the code and head to the stacks rather than writing or printing

• Taped to video/ DVD cases, linking to mobile-friendly video trailers

Code placed on staff directory pages and research guides that go to mobile friendly sites for later reference

• Code placed on audio book cases for author interviews or books for reviews

Code placed on study room doors connecting to room reservation forms

Library video tutorials—individual videos or create a QR code to a YouTube playlists of videos, which create a great mobile home screen app that can be saved for easy access, as needed


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