VALA2012 Session 12 Badham
QR codes: do they provide the missing link between the physical and digital?
VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Apps and Applications
RMIT University, Vic
(VALA Travel Scholar)
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This paper provides a comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the implementation of Quick Response codes (QR codes) in academic and public libraries, and investigates their varied uses within Australian and International institutions, with the support of a VALA Travel Scholarship. QR codes are a primary technology being used by libraries to engage and assist users by providing a bridge to access the ever-expanding amount of library information and resources that have been optimised for use on mobile devices. This paper explores the various applications these libraries have found for QR codes, and the processes involved in their implementation, promotion and maintenance; reception by library staff and patrons; future applications for the technology; and discusses related technologies.