QR Codes

I’ve been following the tweets from the Public Library Association conference and, during the Top Technology Trends session, I started seeing a number of posts stating that they needed more information on “QR codes.” Just this morning, I came across this video from CNET that explained to me – for the first time – what QR codes were. I can understand why we, as a profession, might want to investigate these for our own services.  It would allow us to provide additional information about . . . the book . . . the computer . . . the things . . . at the time of need. See what you think:

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2 responses to “QR Codes

  1. David Bigwood March 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    We experimented with these several years ago, 2006. Didn’t get much response. The one I made for Catalogablog is still on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigwood/192074953/

    We used them on some displays in the Library. Maybe an issue or two of the newsletter.

    We may have been too far ahead of the curve, or our users just weren’t interested. If they gain some tracton I guess we’ll have to take another look. There are many more smart-phones around now, that might create a tipping point.

  2. Christine Peterson March 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I think you probably were ahead of the curve; even now, I think it’s very early unless your population has smartphones and downloads/installs apps. For this to go mainstream, the application would have to come with the phone.

    It’s a neat idea and one a library could exploit if it could market it properly and get its user base to take notice.

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