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QR Codes

With Sacramento Public Library trying out the new QR codes, it’s time to get a briefing.
Gary Price at ResourceShelf points to this one from UKOLN that seems quite useful:
New Technology Primer: An Introduction to QR Codes (Briefing 61)
“Quick Response (QR) codes are two-dimensional barcodes (matrix codes) that allow their contents to be decoded at high speed. They were created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994 and have been primarily used for tracking purposes but have only recently filtered into mainstream use with the creations of applications that allow them to be read by mobile phone cameras.”
QR codes are very interesting. I certainly see them on my iPhone versions of my plane tickets. They’re the right size and shape for phone screens. We’ll be interested to see how these develop.

Posted on: August 18, 2009, 11:39 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Hi Stephen,
    I know a couple of SirsiDynix libraries have QR codes in their OPACs:
    University of Bath ;
    University of Hudderfield

  2. Hey Stephen,
    Great post on QR Codes in library’s! Only problem: you got the wrong library. LoneWolf is pointing to our Sacramento Public Library QR use NOT SF’s! Either way, I’m confident QR’s are going to be a great thing for libraries. Talk soon!
    Chris Freeman, Branch Services Manager
    Sacramento Public Library

  3. Thanks for the plug! However, as the author of the blog post quoted by the Lone Wolf Librarian, I’d like to clarify that it’s Sacramento Public – not San Francisco – with the QR code advertising its “My Info Quest: txt 4 answers” service. We’re in the same state … even within driving distance … but we’re not related!

  4. Stephen,
    I am very excited that you linked to LoneWolf’s blog post about Sacramento PL’s use of QR Codes. It would be great, however, if you could amend your post so that it mentions Sacramento instead of erroneously attributing the QR use to SF. Thanks!
    Sorry. Done.

  5. It’s Sacramento Public Library that has posted a QR code to their blog and is letting their patrons add the phone number for the new My Info Quest text messaging reference service.