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