Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After discovering just how easy QR codes are to create and to use, I've been thinking a lot about how we might make good and creative use of this technology in our libraries. One idea that seems to hold a lot of promise is using the QR code to link to videos for users to watch on their phones.
One such application might be related to library instruction. Say, for example, I wanted to put together a 30 second video about how to place a hold on library materials using our catalog. I could post that video to YouTube, create a QR code from the permalink, and include the printed code on a bookmark along with codes for several other "how to"-type videos. The user then has hand-held audio instruction about how to do any number of tasks that many of our users tend to find difficult. To see how this works, just use your QR reader to read the code at the top of this blog. It's a promotional video about the library, not instructional, but this shows how effective this idea could be!
Or how about posting a QR code next to your library building's dedication plaque? It could link to a video that provides some historical information about the building or even a Flickr slideshow of historical photos of the building! Sacramento Public Library's Central Library is an old Carnegie building and there are some staff here who are very knowledgable about the history of the library. With a video camera and an Internet connection, we could be up and running by the end of the day!
What else can you think of that would be a cool applicaiton of QR codes in libraries?