So, why are QR codes showing up at the library? Placed in strategic spots around the library they are an interactive device that may well entice younger users to participate in the library experience. Scanning a QR code in the library can give you instructions on where to find the books that you are interested in. On the jacket of a book a QR code may contain statistics on the author of the book as well as the titles of other books that he/she has written. The use of QR codes can also be an engaging method of encouraging a reader to expand their reading horizons.
Because of the amount of data that can be imbedded in a QR code there are many reasons to use the technology. Academic libraries are jumping on the QR code bandwagon as well. Students are using their cell phones and are technologically savvy. The QR code gives the library the opportunity to link the physical setting with the virtual world. The advancement allows library patrons to go a step beyond.
As the QR code becomes more prevalent we are seeing them in a variety of places. Libraries, shopping venues, billboards, magazines, restaurants, bars, and even our mail are sources of QR code information. The technology is relatively low cost and easy to use which makes it an attractive possibility for even small businesses. Next time you see one of these matrix-like boxes, pull out your phone and see what info is hiding inside. You might be pleasantly surprised.