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QR codes in Hudderfield University Library

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Andrew Walsh from Huddersfield University explores the use of QR codes for delivering instruction and help at the point of need.

"Though true location aware devices such as GPS enabled phones are becoming more common (e.g., the latest iPhone includes GPS and compass) developing services that “augment” reality is unrealistic for most libraries due to time; money and technical constraints. There is an easier option though – using small printed codes, such as QR codes, around the library that link to resources and information appropriate to their location. QR (Quick Response) codes are a matrix codes, like a two dimensional bar code. They can be read by mobile phones with integrated cameras, with a small application installed." ....... continue reading online or download the full document as a pdf from here.

On the same topic of QR Codes, Andy Ramsden from the University of Bath describes the university's experience with using QR codes. He divides his article into three useful sections, What worked, future developments and what hasn't worked. Read his article here.