Using QR Codes in the library

I recently heard about QR codes. According to our friend Wikipedia:

A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data.

Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the initialism of Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

I created a couple QR Codes and put them in the new book area. Unfortunately, you need a smart phone, but so many people are getting smart phones now-a-days, that I thought it couldn’t hurt to try it out. The new iTouch is supposed to have a camera too, so you’ll be able to connect to our wireless and click on the QR Code that way.

You do need to download an app. I’m just listing two but there are more out there:

Barcode Scanner (appropriately named) is a free Android phone app.
Barcodes (also appropriately names) is a free iPhone app.

What do you guys think? What else could we use these codes for?


About kitkat

I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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