QR Codes in Books

Have you ever found a book in the library and thought, "Hmm...this book is great, what else has this author written" or "This book is just what i'm looking for....it really helps me write this paper, what are some other similar books out there that would also be helpful?" Well, the Miami University Libraries are embarking on a project to help answer those questions. In the near future, we will be embedding QR codes on the inside covers of select books throughout the library system. These QR codes, when scanned with your mobile phone, will direct you to a page on our mobile site which lists other books by the same author, books on the same topic and even reviews of the work!! In addition, the codes will provide you with suitable journal articles on the subject!! Be on the lookout for these codes! Go here for a detailed explanation of QR Codes and the MU LIbraries. If you have any questions please contact Kobby or Jason

UPDATE ON PROJECT [9-12-12] This pilot project was designed to open up the libraries’ collection in an innovative way by affixing QR codes to some of the most frequently used books, based on circulation data. It was also a way to market the Libraries’ resources. The codes linked to dynamically generated mobile-friendly pages that featured book reviews for the particular title as well as links to related books and articles. The reviews, related books and articles were all search results from the Libraries catalog and research databases displayed automatically on the pages . These search results could be achieved by anyone by using a computer. So the QR code was just for marketing and accessibility purposes and convenience. The project was not implemented fully as expectations were not met. The expenditure of human resources was deemed too costly for the incremental benefit for our students.