October 23, 2017

Article: “QR Codes in the Library: Are They Worth the Effort? Analysis of a QR Code Pilot Project”

Title

QR Codes in the Library: Are They Worth the Effort? Analysis of a QR Code Pilot Project

Authors

Andrew M. Wilson
Access Services Librarian
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library of the Harvard College Library
Harvard Library Lab

Source

Harvard DASH Repository
Note: This article is also forthcoming in the Journal of Access Services

Abstract

The literature is filled with potential uses for Quick Response (QR) codes in the library setting, but few library QR code projects have publicized usage statistics. A pilot project carried out in the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library of the Harvard College Library sought to determine whether library patrons actually understand and use QR codes. Results and analysis of the pilot project are provided, attempting to answer the question as to whether QR codes are worth the effort for libraries.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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