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How the Library Put QR Codes in the Science Center
American Library Association Annual Conference (2011)
  • Kristen A. Yarmey, University of Scranton
  • Thomas Swartz, University of Scranton

Thanks to easily accessible online databases and web-based reference sources, most science professors no longer have a reason to visit their university library – and neither do their students. However, using an easy and inexpensive implementation of quick response (QR) codes, an academic library can visit science faculty and students on their own turf. QR codes are a type of matrix barcode similar to traditional barcodes but capable of storing much more data, including text, contact information, and URLs. Readable by most smartphones, QR codes are an increasingly popular augmented reality technology and provide librarians a new avenue through which to re-engage both practitioners and students of science, rebuilding relationships that have been forgotten. Upon its completion in 2011, the University of Scranton’s new Unified Science Center will feature library-created QR codes throughout the building. The codes will refer visitors to library resources that relate to the research being conducted in the building’s laboratories, point students to databases and online references useful for coursework, and provide additional information on the building’s visual exhibits and displays.

  • QR codes,
  • augmented reality,
  • library
Publication Date
Summer 2011
Citation Information
Kristen A. Yarmey and Thomas Swartz. "How the Library Put QR Codes in the Science Center" American Library Association Annual Conference (2011)
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