Futuristic Library Books?

Next week I will be presenting a session at the VITTA conference on QR codes and how they can be used in the classroom. This comes as quite timely given the recent announcement in the 2009 horizon report that mentions QR codes as a ‘technology to watch’. So in getting myself prepared for the presentation I have been filming some of the ideas I have had in the past around how they could be used in education.

One of the ideas I initially had was to use them on library books, or any books for that matter. The idea is simple,

  1. Use a QR code generating website to create a code for the book.
  2. Print out a copy of the Code
  3. Attach the code to the book and return the book to its original  location in the library

Imagine going to find a book, but rather than simply reading the blurb you could scan a code to reveal a youtube video with people explaining  the book, a podcast of someone reading the book, a short text review or even a website that lists similar books. The possibilities are endless. Check out the video below for an idea of how I imagine this would actually work.

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4 thoughts on “Futuristic Library Books?”

  1. Andrew you can find a list of QR code readers for most current phones below

    http://www.qrme.co.uk/qr-code-resources/qr-code-readers.html

    Or

    http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/

    Perhaps the easiest way is to use kaywa which you can find out here
    http://reader.kaywa.com/

    Or vist the http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/index.asp for links to further QR code readers, with even some software for a webcam enabled QR code
    http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/downloadPC.asp

  2. Excellent idea Jarrod! What QR code reader app are you using on your iPhone? And is there one you would recommend for ‘cheap’ phones?

  3. Hi Jarrod,
    I’ve actually been giving some thought to this. We are about to build a new library and RFID technology is what I’m thinking we will be using to tag our collection for borrowing and management. I’m just wondering what kind of book collection we will have in five years though? I’m very interested in the potential of eBooks and eReaders. I know that most of my reading takes place online now, and if I can find an eReader that works like my iPhone on a bigger screen I’m guessing it will become my vehicle of choice.
    I’ve seen a video of QR codes used in library in the manner you are suggesting. Kids use a device to go and read the codes and listen to information about the text they are interested in.
    Pity we are not presenting at VITTA on the same day. I’m presenting on Monday, but won’t be there for Tuesday and Wednesday : (

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