Internet Librarian, Day 2
On Tuesday I got a quick tutorial on QR Codes from Jezmynne Denes.
First of all, I needed to find out what are QR Codes! The answer is that they are binary images – readable by scanners. In order to take advantage of these codes, you need a device that has a camera and the ability to put a scanner app on it. Thus, many of our current smartphones will be able to use it.
My next question is how to make these strange looking images. The answer is to find a QR Code generator online and then use this page to make a URL, image, text, phone number, or SMS into an image. One of the examples used in the class was Qrcode.haya.com. Use this site to them free. Do a save image as and just put on whatever you want.
Now that I have this code saved as an image, what can I do with it in a Library context? You can put a QR Code on a poster for an Library event with more info on the program. QR Codes may be put on Library Mailers with the URL for the webpage embedded in the code. Other ideas include: Load URL for library website – take picture of it and post it around town. You could also print it on bookmarks or flyers. If you work in an academic library, put QR codes on the book ranges with contact info on the subject specialists in that area.
Most readers will also give you the source code. You can then copy to clipboard, and paste into a web page or catalog. Put QR codes next to databases or books. Put QR codes on back on business cards and then save info into your contact list.
There is a Character limit – 1700 characters allowed. I was totally immersed into QR Codes by this time. The presenter was funny, easy to understand and open to questions. I was sorry when it was over and I had to get back to the regular sessions.
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