I found this activity fun for several reasons.
What amused and amazed me were the creative examples of how libraries are making use of QR codes. I was also pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to create the codes. The video from Rocketboom Tech was informative and helpful.
QR Creators and Readers
I tried three creators, Google URL shortener, QR Code Generator and QRpedia. I liked each of them and suspect that it would depend on the project I had in mind which one I used.
I also scanned the QR code in the Thing 89 article and discovered it takes you to the Wikipedia article on QR codes. That was a bit tricky but I’m pleased to know the Reader I have on my phone will read from the computer screen. I’d downloaded the QR Code Reader App, Bakodo some time ago and hadn’t used it much.
I used QRpedia to create this QR code. I’ve always been a tad curious about who posted this about my employer and keeps it updated. I do see a couple of things in the text that need editing however.
QR Code Generator
I used QR Code Generator to create a code for a blog I maintain for a consortium I belong to that is connected to my job. We do produce a informational pamphlet that is used in the presentations we make to public schools and ESU’s and I think that I will add this QR code to the document the next time a print run is done. I hope that will prompt students, parents, and the public school staff that we speak to, go to our website and look at the resources curated there, including a copy of the pamphlet. I think that there is potential here for using QR codes to help promote our resources and presentation service to the audience we target. It’s an idea I intend to explore.
I don’t think QR Codes are a passing fad, but like anything else, there is and will be, a particular audience for them just as the Codes have uses that they are particularly well suited for – and other uses not so much. The notion of the codes as a (mobile) marketing tool is one that creators will need to be comfortable with to be successful using QR codes.
Personally, I think if one is creative – or has a penchant for marketing, that the potential for using QR codes in libraries is great.