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Quick response codes and libraries

Walsh, Andrew (2009) Quick response codes and libraries. Library Hi Tech News, 26 (5/6). pp. 7-9. ISSN 0741-9058

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Purpose: This article explains the nature of QR (Quick response) codes and their possible applications in libraries.

Design/methodology/approach: Existing uses; applications and functionality of QR codes are looked, before turning to the limited existing use of QR codes in libraries. The Author then suggests many different ways QR codes could be used in our libraries.

Findings: Most of our users are likely to be able to use QR codes if they install a free reader onto their camera 'phones or other mobile device. An already high and further increasing number of people own suitable devices. There are many ways QR codes can be used, with the most exciting applications relying on the use of the internet from mobile devices. The main restrictions on their take up is likely to be increasing awareness of QR codes and carefully marketing services based on QR codes to our users.

Originality/value: Outside Japan few libraries have implemented services based on QR codes. This article is the first of it's kind aimed at libraries and it shows how we can use them to take advantage of the mobile devices in many of our users' pockets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: QR codes, mobile learning, communication technologies
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Computing and Library Services > Centre for Innovation in Information Services
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group
References: Denso Wave (2003) QR available at: Accessed 26/05/09. Ramsden, A., Jordan, L. (2009) Are students ready for QR codes? Findings from a student survey at the University of Bath. Working Paper. University of Bath. Available at: Accessed 26/05/09.
Depositing User: Andrew Walsh
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 09:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 22:48


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