The Contra Costa County Library’s innovative use of QR Codes has helped the Library won this year’s ALA Cutting Edge Technology in Library Services Award. This award showcases libraries who use cutting-edge technologies and/or innovative approaches to serve their communities.
[For QR Code newbies, see also my earlier post "Are you using QR codes already?" on what's a QR Code and how to create one.]
Named as project “Snap & Go”, Contra Costa has reported a 16% usage growth on their library’s mobile site since its launch. As the name suggests, all the public need to do is snap the QR Code using their mobile phones and have instant access to library materials. Some of the innovative uses include:
- working with bus agency to allow wireless download of e-books and audiobooks while on the bus,
- “Text-A-Librarian” interactive reference service,
- providing “read-alike” book lists for popular titles,
- Library Scavenger Hunt Competition, etc.
Go visit their mobile site to learn more.