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The only two things librarians need to read about QR codes, and one experiment that might prove me wrong

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QR codes. Are we really still talking about this? Yes? OK, fine.

My thoughts can be summed up in two ways.

  1. Should I Use A QR Code?
  2. Implementing QR Codes in Libraries

BUT

I finally had the opportunity to see the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Virtual Free Library at Suburban Station. As both a Regional Rail rider and avid FLP user, I had been really interested in this project, even though it wasn’t at my primary station. And then I saw the QR codes. I’ve had my iPhone for more than a year and a half, and I still don’t have a code reader. I understand the appeal here — people need quick and easy access to the information so they can get the materials before their train arrives — but I’ll still be curious to see just how much use the codes get versus the simple (yet harder to find) URL.

I keep waiting for someone to prove me wrong on the usefulness of QR codes. Maybe FLP will be the one.

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