A Mobile Bridge: QR Codes and Libraries

Event Type:

Topics: Technology, Library Electronic Resources

Contact: ACRL

Date, Location

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm


About the Event

One future of library services lies in applying mobile technology to bridge the gap between print media and digital information.  QR Codes are two dimensional barcodes scan able by smart phones that link real-world objects to online data. They offer an opportunity to leverage mobile devices to access digital information and extend the power of rich print or analog media into mobile learning and research environments.

This webcast will introduce this powerful yet simple mobile technology and will explore the many possible applications of QR Codes in academic libraries. Joe Murphy (Yale Science Libraries, libraryfuture on Twitter) will discuss the implications of QR Codes for information engagement, learning, and discovery in a mixed media age and will demonstrate the potential power as well as the complications of leveraging this emerging technology in our libraries. Learn how best to create and employ QR Codes to enhance library services, collections, and spaces to keep our libraries part of our patrons’ information flow in a digital and mobile world.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Fully understand what QR Codes are and how to use them.
  • Become familiar with the possible applications of QR Codes in library settings.
  • Learn how to implement QR Codes in libraries including how to create the codes and staffing considerations.

Audience: Librarians, staff, administrators, and students from all types of academic and research libraries.

Presenter: Joe Murphy, Science Librarian, Coordinator of Instruction and Technology, Yale University

Technical Requirements:
ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. It is recommended that you also use a microphone to ask questions/make comments. If you do not have or do not wish to use a microphone, you may ask questions through text-based chat.

If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: www.learningtimes.net/techcheckell.html.

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
CACUL member: Can$90 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

Registration for this event is now open!


Register with Credit Card

  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's Distance Learning page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Register by PO

  • Download and complete the PO registration form.
  • Submit the form along with your actual PO to ALA registration (fax or mail; see form for details).
  • You will not be considered registered for the course until both your PO and the registration form have been received and processed by ALA registration.

Member rates apply to personal memberships only. Join ACRL today to take advantage of valuable members-only discounts, professional connections, and community.  Complete the online membership form, available on the ALA Web site. If you join ALA/ACRL within five days of registering, we will adjust your fee (please fax a copy of your completed registration form to ACRL at 312-280-2520).

Payment may be made by credit card or purchase order (PO) only.  If paying by PO, the PO number is required at the time of registration.

Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to 14 days prior to the start of the Webcast.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. 

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity, contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).

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