QR Codes in the Library stacks

Have you noticed barcode lookalike squares in the subway or in print magazine ads? 

Ever wondered what it is? It's a QR code, which is short for Quick Response code. To read a QR code, you need a smartphone like an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry with an installed QR reader.
 
You can scan a QR code, but the phone needs to be connected to the Internet or it won't work. Once scanned the mysterious code converts into information, usually the link to a website, a person's phone number, or a short text or text message after it's scanned.
 
The Library has QR codes displayed at the Circulation and Reference Desks for quite some time.
As the most recent addition we started placing QR codes within our library stacks. 
You might wonder why?
 
We placed (and are still placing) the codes on the front side of shelves in a specific subject area, such as Science.  You can to scan these codes, and then you are led to a subject-specific  Research Guide  on our Library website. For example if you in the Art section and need more help with your research you can scan the QR code and get connected to our
Art research guide.
 
If you want to watch a video on how it works you can visit our Help section on the library website: http://www.lehman.edu/library/qr-stacks.php
 
And by the way, If you don't have a QR reader installed, you can download one for free at http://tiny.ccjfreeQRreader. 
 
Elizabeth Mena our Stack Supervisor shows a QR code
 
Special thanks goes out to Evelyn Santiago our Reference College Office Assistant for creating the QR codes and to Elizabeth Mena our Stack Supervisor, College Office Assitant for placing them!
 
Stefanie Havelka
Assistant Professor
Electronic Resources-Web Services Librarian
Leonard Lief Library

 





Comments for QR Codes in the Library stacks


Name: Kathy A. Stevenson
Time: Monday, May 14, 2012

Is the "scan QR code" function of phone actually achieved through the camera of phone?

Name: Stefanie Havelka
Time: Monday, May 14, 2012

Hi Kathy,

yes you scan the images via your phone's camera, but you still need the QR reader installed. Let me know if it works for you

Best
Stefanie

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