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QR codes are a way of encoding information into a small 2D code that can be read by a small (normally free) application you can download onto most mobile ‘phones with cameras, as well as tablet computers and laptops. It prompts your ‘phone or other device to display some pre-written text; send a text message; make a call; or link to a website.
Creating QR codes
Creating QR codes is free, quick and easy.
Search the internet for "QR code generator" to find a range of free tools to create QR codes. Follow the instructions on screen and you will soon have your own QR codes!
Reading QR codes
There are many QR codes readers available. These use your phones camera to decode QR codes and take an appropriate action.
If you have a smartphone, the easiest way to install one is normally to search your favourite app store.
If you have a camera phone that doesn't use an app store, try one of these widely compatible readers below.
Some stuff I've said before about QR codes!
Mobiles for Information Skills
Walsh, Andrew (2012) Mobiles for information skills. In: Shhhh? The Reality of New Technologies and their Place in Libraries, 8 May 2012, Darlington.
Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services: A Handbook
Walsh, Andrew (2012) Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services: A Handbook. facet, London. ISBN 9781856048095
Mobile Technologies in Libraries
Walsh, Andrew (2010) Mobile Technologies in Libraries. FUMSI (34)
QR Codes – using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and help at the point of need.
Walsh, Andrew (2010) QR Codes – using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and help at the point of need. Journal of information literacy, 3 (1). pp. 55-65. ISSN 1750-5968
QR Codes: using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and help at the point of need (presentation)
Walsh, Andrew (2010) QR Codes: using mobile phones to deliver library instruction and help at the point of need. In: LILAC 2010, 29-31st March 2010, Limerick.
Quick response codes and libraries
Walsh, Andrew (2009) Quick response codes and libraries. Library Hi Tech News, 26 (5/6). pp. 7-9. ISSN 0741-9058