January 18, 2022

A Public Library In Indiana Adds Microsoft Tags To About 20,000 Bibliographic Records

The tagging was done at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library using Microsoft Tags (similar to QR codes).

Here’s one small portion of an email interview by Microsoft’s Holly Richmond with EVPL Library Webmaster Josh Weiland and Community Relations & Development Officer Amy Mangold. The interview appears on the Microsoft Tag Blog.

Tag (Holly Richmond): It sounds like you’re using Tags in the online library catalog to help people find the physical books – is this correct? Anywhere else you’re using Tags?

Weiland: Yes. When a customer locates an item in the Classic Catalog, scanning its Tag will display the item’s details on their mobile device. They can then take this info with them to locate the item on the shelf or to ask assistance from library staff. We’ve posted an informational page about this at www.evpl.org/tag. This is currently the only implementation of Tags at the EVPL.


Tag: What kind of results are you getting so far?

Weiland: We’ve only had this functionality available for three weeks, so it’s still a bit early to tell. As of now, we’re getting about 5 to 10 scans per day. In the past three weeks, we’ve generated Tags for nearly 20,000 unique items

Learn More from the EVPL Tag Page

Read the Complete Interview

About Gary Price

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.