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QR Code for 2010 Annual Conference Scavenger Hunt

by JP Porcaro on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 06:14 am

You found the code - congratulations! Where will you go next?...

Discussion QR codes - some thoughts

by Aaron Tay (non-member) on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 03:22 pm

I compiled from as many sources as I could find, QRcode ideas for libraries at http://goo.gl/fb/HBJn

Its very long, so let me sumarise 

There are many use cases but I think they can be classified among these 2 aspects.

(1) Embed QR codes in the virtual world (e.g. blogs, online catalogues, webpages,)

(2) Add QR codes in the real world (e.g. At book shelves, checkout machines, posters)

The other aspect seems to be what data is embedded in the QR codes, again there seems to be two main choices

I compiled from as many sources as I could find, QRcode ideas for libraries at http://goo.gl/fb/HBJn

Its very long, so let me sumarise 

There are many use cases but I think they can be classified among these 2 aspects.

(1) Embed QR codes in the virtual world (e.g. blogs, online catalogues, webpages,)

(2) Add QR codes in the real world (e.g. At book shelves, checkout machines, posters)

The other aspect seems to be what data is embedded in the QR codes, again there seems to be two main choices

(a) A URL (maybe even to a RSS feed)

(b) Some other data (Text, SMS, Phone number, email)

 

For (1) vs (2), I think (2) has far more potential.

It seems to me though, that the use cases for  (1) , rests on the assumption that users are surfing on a regular desktop/laptop and then want some fast way to get information from the screen to their mobiles.  Libraries are currently betting that mobile surfing will become huge in the future, so the importance of these use cases might diminish a little.

For (a), it also seems to presume that many of the library pages are mobile friendly so you can push the link there. You could of course push non-mobile friendly sites, but would be less seemless.. Thankfully most web2.0 services are mobile friendly, so you could add facebook fanpage, twitter , blogs etc.. Report shows use of social network sites is huge on mobile phones anyway!

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Discussion QR Codes Presentation

by Shifted Jenny Levine on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 02:32 pm

Joan Howland and Bonnie Peirce did a talk about QR codes called "Talking Walls, Hidden Stories" at the 2008 Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. I think they must have been ahead of their time, but the broader adoption of smartphones is finally giving the codes some momentum now.

Jenny

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