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“It’s Academic”: Remaking the Library Information Hunt Using QR Codes

March 28, 2011

In this month’s issue of the PALA Bulletin Erin M. Burns, a reference librarian at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Nesbitt Library, discusses how she used QR Codes to enhance a library instruction session. Inspired by an article in College & Research Libraries News, Erin decided that using QR codes would be the perfect way to change the traditional library treasure hunt into something fun and different. Erin’s article details her thought process behind the choice to use QR codes, as well as the steps she took to prepare and execute this innovative instruction session. Erin concludes her article by describing the benefits that she experienced when using QR codes in the library. Using their phones was a way to personalize the experience of a library search. The students also seemed to have a lot of fun with QR codes, and the use of this technology has excited comment from individuals across Erin’s campus community. Read more about Erin’s instruction session in your issue of the PALA Bulletin!

–Larissa Gordon (Arcadia University), “It’s Academic” column editor

Note: The PALA bulletin is indexed in the Library and Information Science Abstracts Database.  PALA members receive a copy of the bulletin and online access to all of the articles in the Bulletin with their membership.

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