Thursday, October 4, 2012

Make a QR code for your library catalogue.

It's easy to make a Quick Read code to point new users to your library website. Even if you don't have an iPhone or mobile device, you can create a code a print it out for all your tech-savvy users - and potential new users.

QR codes  show up all over the place now. They are those "crazy crossword puzzle-looking" images that portray a web address as a unique black and white graphic image. Anyone with a mobile device (and a QR reader app) can scan the image and get connected to the website it represents thus saving the user the challenge of typing  the web address itself.

Here's how it's done:

  1. Find a free QR code generator online  (There are lots of them, like Kaywa, for example.)
  2. Copy your library's web address - the full URL. ( like this  http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Langley_Presbyterian for example.)
  3. Paste the URL into the QR code generator's text box (or follow the instructions they provide)
  4. Click a button to generate the code ( or follow the instructions they provide.)
  5.  You should end up with a code, like the one shown here, which you can copy,  paste and resize for your  church bulletin, library brochures or posters. 
  6. Of course, test it out before you print 100's of them!
(Thanks to Marianne Lazaro for suggesting the use of QR codes for LPC Library)

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