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Creating QR Codes  

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Session Abstract

Quick Response (QR) codes are two-dimensional matrix symbols that can be created easily and scanned by the camera feature of various mobile devices. Thes codes yield point-of-use text, URL or location information. The workshop presenter will walk participants through the steps needed to create different types of codes and give examples relevant to teaching and learning activities, particularly in libraries and museums. Participants will learn how to incorporate different types of QR codes into library signs, informational posters, course handouts, business cards, building directories, catalog records and course management systems.

Elizabeth Connor,  MLS, DM/AHIP is Associate Professor and STEM Liaison at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston.

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Different Types of Codes

Linear or One-Dimensional Barcodes

Matrix or Two-Dimensional Barcodes


  Microsoft (MS) Tag             Quick Response (QR)


  • billboards
  • museum displays, library stack ranges
  • magazine advertisements and articles
  • journal articles, tables of contents, e-books
  • catalogs, flyers, posters, signs, floorplans, maps
  • product packaging, merchandising displays
  • conference registrations, meeting abstracts
  • business cards, Mecards, Vcards
  • Web sites, electronic catalog records
  • T-shirts, hats, tote bags
  • handouts, guides, syllabi

The Problem with QR Codes Video


Recommended Reading

Graham, Krista. “TechMatters: Cracking the QR Code.” LOEX Quarterly 2010; 37(3): 6-7, 10.


Hicks, Alison, and Sinkinson, Caroline. “Situated Questions and Answers: Responding to Library Users With QR Codes.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 2011; 51(1): 60-69.


Li, Jun-Ki, Lee, Il-Sun, and Kwon, Yong Ju. “Scan and Learn! Use of Quick Response Codes & Smartphones in a Biology Field Study.”  The American Biology Teacher 2011; 73(8): 485-492.


Sorenson, Karen, and Glassman, Nancy R. “Point and Shoot: Extending Your Reach With QR Codes.” Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 2011; 8(3): 286-293.

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Elizabeth Connor
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(cell) 843-469-7492
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