Wednesday, May 27, 2009

QR Codes In Publications


I am greatly interested in learning of Any/All examples of the use of QR Codes in journals, monographs, e-prints, and/or other publications.

As defined by Wikipedia,

"A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The "QR" is derived from "Quick Response", as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan, where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional codes. Moreover, most current Japanese mobile phones can read this code with their camera.

Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR Codes are now used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (known as mobile tagging).

QR Codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards or just about any object that users might need information about. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader software can scan the image of the QR Code causing the phone's browser to launch and redirect to the programmed URL. This act of linking from physical world objects is known as a hardlink or physical world hyperlinks.

Users can also generate and print their own QR Code for others to scan and use by visiting one of several free QR Code generating sites."


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Kroski, Ellyssa / On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies / Library Technology Reports / 2008 / vol. 44, n. 5 / pp. 1-48. See pp. 56, 58-59.

>>BTW: I Am Also Interested In The Use Of QR Codes By Libraries<<

If You Are Aware Of The Use Of QR Codes In Any Type of Publication - Print And/Or Electronic, Please Submit As A Comment On This Blog Entry




  1. University of Bath (UK) uses QR codes for books which are available on the shelves. It's very useful as you can then take a list of shelf marks with you. See the catalogue at

  2. Also the Library of the University of Huddersfield (UK) has implemented QR-Codes in their OPAC. See the catalogue at

  3. As Wikipedia says, QR Code is very popular in Japan. Many libraries have their sites and OPACs designed for mobile phones, and they put links to them using QR Code on their ordinary web pages.

    For example:
    -Kyushu University Library
    -Doshisha University Library
    -Kyoto University Library

  4. We're introducing QR codes into our library (University of Huddersfield, UK) over the next few months. We've lots of examples, from putting them on print journal boxes to link to online holdings, through to putting one on a machine students use to put print credit on their account that will link to a video on how to use it...

    I'm keeping a vague track of what I'm doing on an unofficial project blog at

    The easiest thing to see that we've already implemented is on our library catalogue ( When you run a search, click through to the detailed record for any item and right at the bottom of the page will be a QR code. This links to a URL containing a cut down version of the catalogue record. Bath put QR codes on their catalogue about 2 weeks after us!

  5. Our library used mobile tagging to enhance a library display for our freshman commonbook experience. Tags link people to videos, artwork, and interactive web pages in support of the exhibit. It was a great way to intergrate online materials with print and to make the display more personal and active.

    Most popular were the tags that linked patrons to a pre-formated search of our library catalog to let people explore the topic further, read book reviews, request materials, etc. The catalog search was a very long url, but the tag made it only one click for the patrons. See our photos at

    I appreciate all the great ideas in the comments.

  6. The Powerhouse Museum had a good post about their experiences using QR codes in museum displays.

  7. People still need to be informed about the technology and the use of QR codes. Coz even if it’s been a hype in mobile phones for quite some time, most people are still not aware that it exists.


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