Quick Response (QR) Codes and Patron Services

While curled up with the latest issue of Law Library Journal, my eye was drawn to the funny looking graphic on page 153.  I had seen it before.  It looked like this:

The graphic is of a Quick Response (QR) code and such codes and their promise to enhance library services was the basis of a great article by Darla Jackson on using these codes in law libraries.

I had first seen this graphic on the CALI web site.  CALI is creating the codes for library use as part of a project called LibTours.  Each code provides a brief 2-3 minute description of specific resources, such as the CFR, Uniform and Model Laws, and Study Aids.  According to CALI, they are looking for volunteers to write scripts to further develop this project.

While what CALI is doing, Jackson’s article proposes additional uses for the codes which has me excited about implementing QR codes in my library.

So I wonder, are any of you also currently using QR codes in your library or have plans to use them at some point in the future?  If so, let’s talk about it.

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3 Responses to Quick Response (QR) Codes and Patron Services

  1. Meg Kribble says:

    We’ve started using them at my library. I fought against it at first because I think they’re ugly and I’ve seen them used poorly (no explanation of what the code is, sending people to non-mobile optimized sites or in circles), but I’m pleased with our first end product–a double-sided table tent to advertise our new LibAnswers site. You can see it here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/50480576/Lib-Answers.

    A few things about it worth noting:
    –there’s a URL, for those surfing on their laptops or who don’t want to bother with the code
    –there’s a brief explanation of what to do with the code and a link to a mobile-friendly LibGuide with suggested free, multi-platform code readers and additional info
    –I used bit.ly to create both the short link and the code, because their stats track how many people come via the link and via the code, so I can report that we’ve had 26 hits via the code so far
    –on an aesthetic note, I edited the color from black to a shade that matches the color scheme of the rest of the design

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