New tech meets old tech with QR codes

Whiteboard with QR code

Whiteboard with QR code

Plenty of libraries are doing cool stuff with QR codes. We have added QR codes to our catalog records (public version to be released soon), even though we aren’t yet sure how they will be used.
We have also been playing around with different uses for small mobile whiteboards as ways to create some community and interaction.
Here, we ask a “This Day in History” question, and tape a QR code to the board for a resource that answer the question.

I expect plenty of patrons won’t know what the QR code is, which hopefully means they will ask.
From Wikipedia: “A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobiles phones with camera, and smartphones.”

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3 Responses to “New tech meets old tech with QR codes”

  1. 1 jeparsons July 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Generating and printing a QR Code (or any other type of 2D tag) is the easy part. If the Web landing page it leads to is not optimized for mobile devices, or if the overall mobile experience is not an engaging one, then you’ll only end up frustrating those who scan your tag. It’s like building a door to an unfinished house!

    Check out Warbasse Design ( for some really good examples of how the print-to-mobile (or even TV-to-mobile) experience can provide a positive experience — both for the originator and the end user.


    • 2 Chris July 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      thanks for the tip. As I said, we’re still experimenting to see how they might be useful in our context. At this point, the QR Codes from our catalog provide basic bibliographic metadata about an item: Title, Author, Call Number, Library.


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