How to connect the physical collections with web resources

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I did two short presentations on QR codes at InfoCamp and at an ILS user group meeting. I wanted to do a slick presentation with Prezi, but ran out of time to make it work well, so I just presented with images on slides.

Several people have asked for the slides, which are a bunch of images without any context or other content. Here’s a list of links that might be more useful.

QR codes — General

The Big Wild – an online conservation movement, sponsored by MEC and CPAWS, where people sign online petitions to protect Canadian wilderness. Big Wild recently launched a poster campaign utilizing QR codes.

Ethical Bean – by scanning the QR code on the bag of coffee, consumers can learn more about where their coffee was grown.

Rollout – company that designs and digitally prints custom wallpaper, created QRious Paper.

Code Unique – a hotel that is being built in Dubai where the building itself is a QR code

Lisa Rabey – recent library school grad who wore this delightfully cheeky t-shirt to ALA

QR codes — Libraries

University of Bath Library – QR codes in their catalogue at the item level. Scanning these dynamically generated QR codes brings up the type of information that users generally have to jot down on a piece of paper: call number, shelving location, title and author. Kate Robinson presented on this at the m-Libraries conference last year.

Where, why, and how we’re using QR codes in my library – previous blog post

Contra Costa public library – connecting transit commuters with ebook collections using QR codes.

More examples of how libraries are using QR codes – Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

QR codes — Creating

I used Kaywa’s QR code generator, but there are many others.

QR codes — Scanning

I have an iPhone and use Neoreader (free). Some Android using folks have recommended Barcode Scanner.

See also

Microsoft tags – apparently have great analytics, but you need to use the proprietary Microsoft reader

stickybits – traditional barcodes + social media