May 27, 2022

"QR codes: Black-and-White Quick Response Codes are Becoming Hot" (Libraries are Mentioned)

An article by Becky Yerak appearing in the Chicago Tribune offers several examples of QR Codes being used in a variety of locations including libraries.

The Chicago-based Public Library Association last month held its first QR-codes webinar, and more than 200 industry practitioners nationwide listened in. Now “we’re getting requests to do a second webinar so demand seems to be running high,” said PLA Executive Director Barbara Macikas.

The first webinar’s impact was immediate: Two hours after it ended, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library in Michigan called to say it had added its first QR code, linking to an online newsletter signup, Macikas said. Public libraries in Skokie and Lake Forest already are using QR codes, she said.

John Schumacher, a librarian at Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, was recently named one of Library Journal’s 2011 Movers & Shakers, partly due to his use of technology. He has taught students, for example, to generate their own QR codes for free, on Kaywa and Delivr, linking to their book reviews and reading lists. Late last year, perhaps one student out of 60 might have known about QR codes. “Now the kids are seeing them everywhere,” Schumacher said.

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