Book reviews: Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services; Location-Aware Services and QR Codes for Libraries; Information 2.0
Product reviews: HannsG HD LED monitor; Peli Urban Elite Laptop Backpack
Special focus: mobile technologies – m-library projects; real-time m-learning
History of the journal part three of four
Features: storing information overload; digitisation at The Wildlife Trust; HistoryPin digital history mashups; Research Data Management for academic librarians; wireless monitoring technology for curators and conservators
TechRoundUp: discover Snaggy; Tackk; ShowMe; JoinMe; and Hotspot Shield
Themes for Future issues:
February: Focus on cloud computing
May: Focus on ebooks and ejournals
August: Focus on data security, data management, SaaS
QR codes are one of those things that has shifted from a ‘nice to have’ technology you hear about at conferences (and unconferences) to a really practical innovation you can notice starting to appear in libraries and library catalogues near you.
These barcodes provide a way for people to quickly store information by taking a photo with their mobile phone. You need a QR reader app too but there are free ones available for most web-enabled phones. Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that and its early days yet but there are helpfulguides available for libraries considering implementing QR codes (including one in the August 2010 issue of the MMIT Journal).
There are also plenty of creative uses of QR codes to help inspire and demonstrate the many possibilities of quick response tags.
University of Bath, University of Bedfordshire and University of Huddersfield are all using QR Codes in their library catalogue as a way to save book or journal title details. You can try it out on any of their OPACs. Just search for an item and you will see a barcode image on the item description page. Take a photo of this with your phone and the information will be stored in a format you can access later. University of Bath also uses QR codes within the floorplans of the library where they link users to an audio tour – it’s not just for awkward URLs, downloadable files can also be linked.
You can also see QR Codes in action at further education institutions – like the awesome Murder Mystery demo at Bradford College library .